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VOL. 48 JANUARY, 2001 No. 1 

"And we. have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 


Now, gracious Lord, Thine arm reveal, 
And make Thy glory known; 
Now let us all Thy presence feel, 
And soften hearts of stone. 

Help us to venture near Thy throne 
And plead a Savior's name, 
For all that we can call our own 
Is vanity and shame. 

From all the guilt of former sin, 
May mercy set us free; 
And let the year we now begin, 
Begin and end with Thee. 

Send down Thy Spirit from above, 
That saints may love Thee more; 
And sinners now may learn to love, 
Who never loved before. 

And when before Thee we appear 
In our eternal home, 
May growing numbers worship here 
And praise Thee in our room. 

John Newton, 1725-1807 (Hymn 335) 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


"Don't just look down at the road. Focus on the big picture. 
Look ahead so you can be prepared for any hazard of the road 
you might be approaching." So speaks the instructor to his 
class of would-be drivers. It is important advice-not only for 
drivers but also for those who run the Christian race. 

"The big picture." What does it mean? Do we not live in 
the present? Why the concern about tomorrow when we hear 
that "tomorrow never comes"? Certainly we know that today is 
important. So is missing the bumps and pot holes in the road. 
But if we are only concerned about here and now, we are like 
the man that says, "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we 
die." The decisions we make and the direction we take now 
determine what our tomorrow will be. The big picture is the 
look ahead and seeing the results of our actions of today. 

As we begin a new year, there are issues of the present that 
cry for attention: we may have an appointment to meet; guests 
are coming for Sunday dinner; the car needs to be washed and 
serviced; the children need correction and direction; what 
should we be reading? It's like steering the car; we don't want 
to run off the road just because we are looking ahead at the big 
picture. The present tasks are vital. But we do them with an 
eye to the future. 

Training children is one of the best examples. It is 
sometimes painful to correct them now. But let us look ahead a 
few years. Hebrews 12:11 applies to us adults as well as to 
children: "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be 
joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the 
peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised 
thereby." I used to think, "What will my children look like as 


adults?" A better question is, "What will my children be as 
adults?" Will they be committed servants of God using the 
energy of youth to further God's Kingdom? Will they be 
interested in the community and the world beyond? Will they 
accept the duties of serving without great concern about big 
wages or who receives credit or who controls whom? In short, 
will they be children of God? What they will be is determined 
largely by what they receive now, 

Consequently, much of child training should be focused on 
the future. Are they learning to show appreciation— to say 
"please" and "thank you"? Are they developing good work 
habits that will last a lifetime? Is Bible reading and 
memorization part of their day? Are they learning respect for 
authority that will help them respect the law and accept the 
authority of God? The first and most important teachers of the 
children are their parents, and on them the responsibility must 
rest. Church leaders and school can help, but the home is 
where the habits are made and the child molded for the future. 

Resisting temptation is another example of the importance 
of looking ahead. (See the article on this subject in this issue.) 
Each day we are tempted to enjoy and experience the world's 
excitements now. But look down the road. See the big picture. 
Besides being wrong, sin has consequences for the future. 
James 1:14,15 lists what my father called the steps down: "But 
every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, 
and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth 
sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." The 
writer of Proverbs (23:32) describes the results of strong drink: 
"At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder." 
What we sow now, we reap in time to come. 

The last but most important example we give is knowing 
Jesus. Only as we walk with our Savior will the big picture 
come into focus. John 15:26 records Jesus' words about the 
work of the Holy Spirit: "But when the Comforter is come, 


whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of 
truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of 
me." And 16:14, "He shall glorify me. . ." As 2001 begins, 
may we be open to the Spirit's testimony to us of Jesus. Only as 
we begin the year with Jesus can we end it in His will. Only as 
we worship and walk with Him can we resist temptation and be 
ready to meet Him when He returns. Only by His direction can 
we prepare our children for the battle with the world in coming 
days. See the big picture. Begin the year with Christ, and then 
go with Him at His coming. 


Look ahead! Be not deceived by present thrills; 

The future is before us. What God wills 

Is what will make it bright and clear 

And brimming full with bliss and joy and cheer. 

Look ahead! Your children need attention now 
To fit them. Train them well to hold the plow 
And not look back regretting time now lost. 
Insist today that they "count well the cost." 

Look ahead! When temptation rears its ugly head 
And makes us sad. Then turn instead 
And feast your eyes by faith upon the goal: 
That heavenly home of every ransomed soul. 

Look ahead! Jesus is waiting there to bless 

With words, "Well done; enter into my rest." 

Look ahead! The training time and battle will be done; 

The Lord will come; the victory will be won. ~ L.C. 



"If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a 
vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, 
and prepared unto every good work." (II Tim. 2:21) 

Only when doctrine is defined by the intellectual mind can it 
become an effectual inspiration of the heart. The form is 
important, but without the outward expression, there is no 
inward power. It is also possible to have a verbal expression 
religiously, and be ignorant of what we are claiming and the 
promised blessing that follows the sanctified. 

Sanctification is a requirement to become the righteousness 
of God. It is God's tangible evidence of His holiness in a lost 
and dying society. To be sanctified is God's will for all men. 
He wills that all men would come to the knowledge of the truth 
for only herein is sanctification experienced. 

The purpose of sanctification is to restore fallen man to 
God's holiness by overcoming Satan in the soil that he 

Ezekiel prophesied of this (Ezk. 36:23,26,27): "And I will 
sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the 
heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the 
heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, 
when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. . . A new 
heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: 
and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will 
give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, 
and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my 
judgments, and do them." 

We believe this is not speaking of physical Israel, but the 
spiritual kingdom of God on earth inaugurated by Jesus Christ 
that will excel in all eternity. "For by one offering he hath 
perfected for ever them that are sanctified." 


Jesus is the expressed image of God's sanctifying power in 
overcoming the world. "Say ye of him, whom the Father hath 
sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I 
said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, 
believe me not. But if I do, though you believe not me, believe 
the works* + W ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in 
me, and I in him." (John 10:36-38) The language He spoke 
there and proved in His life is an unconquerable testimony of 
sanctification. Man is called to the same sanctification. Our 
relationship with God and His Son and one another is held in 
highest respect in sanctification. If it is not, we are no more 
than a secular, service organization or club. 

God has sanctified the home and the church. It is through 
these two institutions that God is proving Himself in 
sanctification. Every member of these two institutions is then 
accountable for its sanctifying powers in purity and holiness. 
Any unholy act in what God has sanctified puts God to open 
shame. ". . .If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, 
how great is that darkness!" (Mat 6:23) "For if we sin willfully 
after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there 
remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful 
looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall 
devour the adversaries." (Heb 10:26,27) 

Man's* part in sanctification is to keep holy what God has 
sanctified by the knowledge of truth: Study to show thyself 
approved unto God. Keep yourselves in the love of God, 
Neglect not the assembling of yourselves together. Speak often 
one to another. Follow peace with all men. Sanctify the Lord 
God in your heart. Love not the world. Do good unto all men, 
especially those of the household of faith. Have love without 
dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil, cleave to that which is 
good. Love the brotherhood. Prove all things, hold fast that 
which is good. 

Kenneth Martin, Nappanee, Indiana 



Are temptations nothing more than conflicting powers 
within us to set off a bad day? The word means the leading into 
evil; enticing. 

The other day our son said, "I just wish Adam had not taken 
the apple!" I am sure we all wish this, and yet how many 
"apples 11 or "fruits of unrighteousness" should we refuse to taste 

How discouraging temptations are! Yet do we remember 
God's power within us unless we are in need? How often do we 
pray, "and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil"? 
Jesus said in Matt. 26:41, "Watch and pray, that ye enter not 
into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is 
weak. " 

When was our first temptation? I doubt if any of us really 
know, for it began our parents' training of us! How early we 
hear our children say "I want. . ."or "I need. . ." 

James 1:12 says, "Blessed is the man that endureth 
temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of 
life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." The 
next verse says, "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am 
tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither 
tempteth he any man." How then are we tempted? "But every 
man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lusts, and 
enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: 
and sin when it is finished, bringeth forth death." (James 1:12- 


Does God allow temptation? Yes, we know He does. Job 
1:8 says, "And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered 
my servant Job. . ." Are temptations put before us to let us see 
whose we really are? Can they not also be growing 


How often I feel like those in Jesus' parable that "recfeive the 
word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while 
believe, and in time of temptation fall away." (Luke 8:13) 

Luke 8:2 shows us that our Lord was not exempt from 
being tempted. I've wondered, how often He must have been 
tempted to answer back those who ridiculed Him, for He knew 
more than all of them put together! 

The temptation of Christ has often given me comfort. The 
other day I found something in the account new to me: the 
appetite, desire for power, and to go where we shouldn't. Does 
this sound familiar even today? Thinking on this I realized that 
Satan didn't promise Jesus happiness or contentment. Neither 
did he promise Him a home in heaven! Hebrews 4:15,16 says, 
"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with 
the feeling of our infirmities: but was in all points tempted like 
as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto 
the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace 
to help in time of need." 

Does the stress of some temptations just leave you longing 
for home? The trials of life— the full surge of their blast— do not 
usually linger for a great length, and if they do for some reason, 
have you ever noticed an inner peace, and light, a comfort, a 
power to pull through? How our Lord will sustain and keep 
those that trust Him! 

Recently T viewed a loved one who went home. It was 
obvious— the peace that she now feels. Her expression was 
trouble free, as though she could say, "If you could see what I 
see!" Td f endure will be worth it all, yes, every temptation! 


by Horatio R. Palmer 

Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin; 
Each victory will help you some other to win. 


Fight manfully onward; dark passions subdue; 
Look ever to Jesus: He will carry you through. 

Shun evil companions; bad language disdain; 
God's name hold in reverence, nor take it in vain. 
Be thoughtful and earnest, kind-hearted and true; 
Look ever to Jesus: He will carry you through. 

To him that o'ercometh, God giveth a crown; 
Through faith we shall conquer though often cast down. 
He who is our Savior, our strength will renew; 
Look ever to Jesus: He will carry you through. 

Ask the Savior to help you, 

Comfort, strengthen, and keep you; 

He is willing to aid you: 

He will carry you through, 

Vickie L. Witmer 
New Madison, Ohio 


Your Jesus comes to offer reawakening. 
Hear this you needy child of man. 
He seeks your spirit to become more radiant, 
And there blind, cold, and sad you stand. 

The Lord He comes, the Savior of your spirit. 
Accept Him now this wondrous guest. 
When your heart finds this true and loving bridegroom, 
Your vows to Him will be most blest. 

The Lord He comes, all grace and love renewing. 


He seeks thee and He longs to find 

Now holy wishes be your thoughts subduing 

Lest losing Him you will stay blind. 

The Lord He comes. O man, your heart inflaming; 
Hear it O brothers with belief. 
We sing with joy, our Lord's own advent naming; 
We cast away our pain and grief. 

Although He's here, each day marks a new coming. 
As child, He soon became our friend. 
All Christian brothers can relate in spirit 
When He is close or near at hand. 

He comes again, among His people dwelling. 
We see the Babe, His star gives light. 
To deeper grace we find its beams impelling 
As holiness shines in our night. 

That day will come to all, both good and evil. 
The debts you owe will then be known. 
He calls all to His heavenly court of justice. 
He sits as judge upon the throne. 

I call once more: "Dear Jesus, live within me! 
Live in my heart, remove my fear. 
I wait for Thee, as do all Christian people 
To gain Your blessing there and here." 

By Christian Metz, a leader of the Community of 
True Inspiration 
Selected by Michael Harris 



Begin the day with God 

Kneel down to Him in prayer; 
Lift up thy heart to His abode, 
And seek His love to share. 

Open the book of God 

And read a portion there; 

That it may hallow all thy thoughts, 

And sweeten all thy care. 

Go through the day with God 

Whate'er thy work may be; 
Where'er thou art—at home, abroad, 
He still is near to thee. 

Converse in mind with God; 

Thy spirit heavenward raise; 
Acknowledge every good bestowed, 
And offer grateful praise. 

Conclude the day with God 

Who gives His servants sleep; 
And when thou tread'st the vale of death, 
He will thee guard and keep. 


Lloyd Wagner's E-mail: 



O For a Closer Walk With God 

William Cowper suffered from deep depression for most of 
his life. Twice he was hospitalized in institutions for the 
mentally ill. While there he became a Christian through reading 
the Bible. He wrote "There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood" 
and "God Moves in a Mysterious Way" among other hymns. 

It seemed hymn writing was the best therapy William 
Cowper could get, but mental illness continued to plague hem. 
Despite his emotional pain, or perhaps because of it, he 
produced literature of amazing insight. 

Cowper became friends with John Newton. Besides their 
mutual love of poetry, they both had a sense of humor and both 
loved to take long walks. One morning at Newton's house, 
Cowper was reading the passage in Genesis that says, "Enoch 
walked with God." It inspired him to write this hymn: 

O for a closer walk with God, 
A calm and heavenly frame, 
A light to shine upon the road 
That leads me to the Lamb. 

Information from The One Year Book of Hymns, compiled and edited by Robert K. Brown 
and Mark R. Norton copyright 1995, Devotions written by William J. Petersen. Used by 
permission of Tyndale House publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. 

Jean Martin 

Nappanee, Indiana 

Success lies in doing not what others consider to be great 
but what you consider to be right, 

Paul Kimmel collection 



Developing Proper Loyalties 

Is it possible to develop the loyalties in our children that 
Ruth expressed to Naomi, her mother-in-law? Her declaration 
"Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God" is a 
commitment we covet for ourselves and our posterity. 

Admittedly, loyalty for the right cause will not just happen. 
Rather, it must be nurtured and directed by careful and constant 
teaching and discipline. Loyalty must be cultivated in school 
life along with the other upbuilding aspects of life. 

For the school to assist in developing proper loyalties, it 
must project right values and concepts. A spiritual tone must 
ever pervade the classroom. Spiritual values must be presented 
of greater importance that material possessions and earthly 

Loyalty must be presented as the only right way. The 
Christian graces must be displayed as desirable qualities and not 
as something weak or sissy. In contrast to popular opinion, the 
servant mentality needs to be promoted without apology. 

School personnel must also display loyalty in order for them 
to make their proper contribution. Board members and 
teachers must be examples of faithfulness that inspire the 
younger ones to be the same. 

It becomes clear what loyalty is all about when children can 
see it illustrated in the life of their teacher. One who is loyal 
will not talk disparagingly about the church, her teachings, or 
her members. The loyal teacher is one that is not in frequent 
conflict with the church. His life will reflect a steadiness that 
characterizes loyalty. 

For the school to aid in developing proper loyalties, it must 
uphold the plain way of life. Simplicity should adorn the school 
building and classrooms. Methods of study and learning will be 



based on the tried and proven means of the past and will not be 
subject to the winds of change that blow from many directions. 

Dress standards established by the school also assist in 
begetting proper loyalties. Wearing clothing consistent with the 
plain way of life and avoiding the fads of the day safeguard 
against developing loyalties to the world. 

To help loyalties grow properly, we must maintain an 
appreciation to God for what He has wrought. The joy 
expressed in our lives as adults will enhance the cause we want 
our children to embrace. 

By Dennis W. Martin 

in The Christian School Builder 

Best wishes to all our readers for a happy new year. With 
this issue we begin the forty-eighth year of publication of The 
Pilgrim. Praise God for His faithfulness! 

Our thanks to all who have helped this past year. Many 
have written, donated, and prayed. Bill Miller supplies our 
address labels. Kenneth Martin, Linda Frick, and others have 
been faithful writers. 

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"God bless each one" is our prayer. 

Leslie and Martha Cover 



Gentle Gene 

At six years old, Gene was rambunctious. He slammed 
doors, threw toys, grabbed things away from his little sisters, 
rammed into the walls with his cars and tractors, tore books, 
and often broke lamps or dishes because of his recklessness. 

On his seventh birthday, Daddy had a talk with Gene. 
"Gene," Daddy said, "you are growing up fast. Do you want to 
be a real gentleman when you are big?" 

"Oh, yes, I do!" Gene answered. 

"Well, would you like to start learning to be gentle now?" 
Daddy asked. "Mother and I will be glad to help you. The 
years will fly by fast, so if you start practicing gentleness now, 
you'll be a gentleman when you are big." 

"How can I learn to be gentle?" Gene asked. 

"To start with, why don't you practice closing doors gently 
today and tomorrow. Then Wednesday we'll have another talk 
and decide what you should practice being gentle with next." 

So, all day Monday and Tuesday, Gene remembered to 
close doors gently. Not once did he forget and let a door slam. 

On Wednesday morning Daddy said, "Son, you've been very 
gentle with the doors this week. I'm very happy, and I know 
you will be a gentleman someday. For today and tomorrow, 
how about practicing gentleness at mealtimes? Pull your chair 
out gently, pass the dishes of food gently, ask nicely for food to 
be passed to you, thank Mother for the meal, leave the table 
gently, pushing your chair up to the table again. Can you 
remember all of that?" 

"Yes, I can," said Gene. "I can do all of that and still 
remember not to slam doors." 

"Great!" said Daddy. "If you forget sometimes, I'll lay my 
hand on your shoulder to remind you. Okay?" 



"You won't need to remind me, Daddy. I'll remember!" 
Gene boasted. And he did very well at remembering. Daddy 
had to lay his hand on Gene's shoulder only two times in the 
next two days. 

After that, Gene worked on other things. The hardest 
lesson to learn was to be gentle with his little sisters, especially 
when they messed up his carefully laid-out farms or his neatly 
lined-up equipment. Daddy and Mother often had to help him 
learn this lesson. 

When Gene was 7 1/2 years old, no one thought of him as 
rambunctious anymore. "Gentle Gene," people would say, 
"He'll be a real gentleman some day! " 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 















VOL. 48 FEBRUARY, 2001 No. 2 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 


Awake! How can we sleep 

When souls are bound in sin? 

Should we not pray and weep 

That they might freedom win? 

Where are concern, and tears, and prayer? 

How do the lost know that we care? 

Awake! In earnest pray; 

First search each our own heart. 

Upon the altar lay 

Ourselves; from sin depart. 

For only when we're free from sin 

Can we a soul for Jesus win. 

Awake! Our time employ 

In sincere prayer and praise, 

That we might share the joy 

Of walking in His ways. 

Our apathy through prayer dispel, 

Let love to serve Him us impel. 

Miriam Sauder 

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania 

From Spiritual Hymns 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
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February is not the most enjoyable month. It is cold and 
often stormy. The school year is becoming long and tiresome. 
Because of the slant of the sun's rays in our latitude, the days 
are shorter, colder, and darker. There is more need for power 
to heat and light our homes. The wood pile is becoming smaller 
day by day. The drain on electricity is at its peak. Our country 
is facing power failure or at least power rationing. 

II Timothy 3:5 tells that in the last, perilous days there will 
be those "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power 
thereof. " Running short on electrical power may give us some 
discomfort, but denying and lacking the power of godliness is 
dangerous. Paul warns us, "From such turn away." 

Do we need an example of the power of godliness? Jesus is 
that example. Godliness is God-likeness. Sooner or later you 
will meet someone who claims that Jesus is something less that 
God-perhaps a son of God rather than the only begotten Son 
of God Biit Jesus was worshiped when He was here in the 
flesh, He is worthy of our worship now, and He will be 
worshiped in eternity. Rev. 5:12: M . . .Worthy is the Lamb that 
was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and 
strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing." 

Jesus' life here was a demonstration of the power of 
godliness. I Tim. 3:16: "And without controversy great is the 
mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in 
the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed 
on in the world, received up into glory." With power He spoke 
to the wind and the waves and they obeyed. He raised the 
dead, healed, restored, created food, walked on water, and lived 


in purity and perfection. No power in godliness? (It is one of 
the devil's lies.) 

How does it work in our lives? Do we sometimes conclude 
that it is useless to try to be godly? We read that all have 
sinned, that "man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly 
upward." We feel it in the temptations in our bodies. We see it 
in the wickedness of a fallen world. Why try if we cannot 
succeed? This is another of Satan's lies which comes to us in so 
many forms. Paul writes, "I can do all things through Christ 
which strengtheneth me." 

Godliness has a power that is not always apparent. To the 
world it appears as weakness—a sort of milquetoast, wishy- 
washy existence. Christians of the past have been known as 
defenseless and non-resistant, and I hope this describes us, too. 
Defenseless and powerless are not synonyms. Paul says, "When 
I am weak, then am I strong." Things are not always what they 
seem. He also wrote in the same context, "Most gladly 
therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of 
Christ may rest upon me." 

This power of godliness may not naturally appeal to young 
people. The strength of youth is expressed in action, vigor, 
accomplishment, things that show. And godliness is not showy. 
Young people, try to see action and accomplishment in spiritual 
endeavors. There is much to do that requires your vigor and 
enthusiasm, but it is not like a football game. Your interest in 
computers shows us that you can use your energy in mind 
activities and also in spiritual studies and growth (which is 
godliness.) I Tim. 4:8 seems especially for young people: "For 
bodily exercise profiteth little: But godliness is profitable unto 
all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that 
which is to come." 

It takes power to generate power. We understand that the 
power on earth (water power, wind power, fuel power) comes 
from the heat and light of the sun. Similarly, the power that we 


have available through godliness comes from the M Sun of 
righteousness. . .with healing in his wings." (Mieah 4:2) "For it 
is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good 
pleasure." (Phil. 2:13) The power of godliness is the power of 
God Himself and requires no apologies when it flows through 
His weak children. 

How is the power of godliness expressed in your life and 
mine? When we are godly— when we are like Jesus— there is a 
power expressed in joy and satisfaction. It produces a 
"conscience void of offense." Pride, sin, and self simply do not 
have power to satisfy. He who has found Jesus— or has been 
found by Him— has found the pearl of great price. With 
prosperity and freedom besides, we may be tempted to think 
God blesses us because of our (imagined) goodness. But this is 
not so. Paul describes to Timothy those that suppose that gain 
is godliness, and it seems to fit our times. But Paul turns it 
around and declares that godliness with contentment is great 
gain. Again, godliness satisfies powerfully those who are godly. 

Godliness has another show of power in a Christian's life. 
The influence he has on those around him can be positive only 
by the power of godliness. A lady once expressed admiration 
for a Bible teacher she respected. "I'd give half my life to know 
the Word of God so well!" she gushed. "That's about what it 
would take," a bystander replied. Godliness and its power in 
the world does not just happen. It is the result of the operation 
of God on His yielded child. 

On the other hand, we are not called to godliness to make 
others marvel. But if our influence helps others toward 
godliness in their own lives, then God is using us and being 
glorified in us. 

Are ^e short on power? James writes, "If any of you lack 
vvisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and 
upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." Power of godliness 
comes from the same source. Let our delight be in pleasing 


Him. Let us study the Word. Let us look to our Example, the 
Lord Jesus Christ. Was He humble? Let us be humble. Is He 
concerned for the lost? Is He a pattern of purity and holiness? 
Power is not running out No one can turn it off. — L.C. 


Most people, including myself, tend to live for the future. 
This in the proper sense is good, but in relation to moral 
responsibility and duty to God and our fellow man, the time is 
now. The present will determine the fliture. "Remember now 
thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come 
not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no 
pleasure in them." (Ecclesiastes 12:1) 

Those who have or have had the responsibility of caring for 
or administering the care and business of those disabled due to 
age, know the true meaning of the above-quoted Scripture. I 
wish to say if we want to accomplish and fulfill our duty to God 
and our neighbor, the time is the present. This is most 
important relating to attitudes and personalities. It has been 
rightly said that the only thing that really counts in life is what 
we do for others. 

One of the most important virtues to develop when young is 
an appreciative and positive personality. This is one of the most 
valued virtues we can give to those whom we associate with 
and to those who may need to assist us in times of need. This 
can be done with the realization that what we do for our 
neighbor we are doing for our Lord who has done so much for 
us. The virtues learned while young will benefit and direct 
throughout life. 

Positive attitudes and unselfish love toward others does not 
come naturally. These attributes take effort to develop. It is 
human nature to feather our own nest first, but the Scriptures 
tell us to "love thy neighbor as thyself." This love is not an 


infatuation but a sincere desire to benefit others even at our 
expense. This life style requires effort and sacrifice, but it is 
possible with the direction of the Holy Spirit. 

Another important virtue to cultivate early in life is the 
realization that sometime we may need to be on the receiving 
side of brotherly love. Being too proud to accept help can be a 
frustration to those who see a need and feel responsible to help. 
Pride and selfishness can make life miserable for ourselves and 
those about us. These negative attitudes hasten the evil day of 
old age when the self-centered can say, "I have no pleasure in 

On the other hand, those who have lived a fruitful life of 
service to others can with grace accept the limitations of age, 
and experience the blessings of assistance. My desire is that 
even if age or affliction creates suffering and restriction, there 
will always be the pleasure of being surrounded by God's love 
and those who care. 

Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto, California 


(The second in a series of three articles by the same author) 

Where can true peace be found? Where is true happiness 
found? Where is rest; and where is joy? Right away we know 
our answer is, "in heaven." 

Although this is true, there is also peace and joy here and 
now. I Thessalonians 5:18 says, "In everything give thanks: for 
this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." Notice 
the word everything. Does this mean trials? How would we be 
thankful for those things? In trials we realize we are nothing 
without a lot of help from God. Trials bring us as small as we 
really are. 


In a recent sermon we heard, "Our joy should be in the 
Lord." "The Lord is the strength of my life." (Psalm 27: 1) Oh 
the hope we can have just by counting on Him! 

The second reminder in the sermon was, "Happiness is not 
found in emotion." No, not in the mood swings of the ups and 

Again from the sermon: "Happiness is not found in 
circumstances, in people, or in things." Our minister said, 
"Look awhile at circumstance. . ." which is what will happen in 
our day. What about people? Do their influence and moods 
affect us? Let us look at things. Remember Satan's temptation: 
"All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and 
worship me." 

Have you ever noticed that getting your own way only 
brings temporary happiness, or is it really even that? Is there 
just a desire for more? 

Is happiness found through spiritual peace? "Safe in the 
arms of Jesus;" now isn't that security? How can we attain this? 
Part of the Lord's prayer is "thy will be done. "Jesus saith unto 
them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to 
finish his work." (John 4:34) Am I willing to be shaped like 
clay? Wouldn't that be a sure security to be safe in the arms of 
Jesus? To be submissive to God's unchangeable will is security 
and rest! 

All of us mortals are changeable; who can be satisfied? 
How we are in need today of God's peace! Jesus said, "Peace I 
leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world 
giveth, give I unto you. . ." (John 14:27) 

What then must I do? "And he said to them all, If any man 
will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross 
daily, and follow me." (Luke 9:23) 

Humbly written in His love, 
Vicki L. Witmer, 
New Madison, Ohio 



This book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the 
way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of 
believers. Its doctrine is holy, its precepts are binding, its 
histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be 
wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. 

It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and 
comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, 
the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's 

Here, heaven is opened and gates of hell disclosed. Christ is 
its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its 
end. Tt should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the 

ReaJ slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of 
wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given 
you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and will be 
remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will 
reward faithful labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its 
sacred contents. 

'Tis the Book that has for ages 
Lifted man from sin and shame. 
That great message on its pages 
Will forever be the same. 

Never compare the Bible with other books. Comparisons 
are dangerous. Books speak from earth; the Bible speaks from 
heaven. Never think or say that the Bible contains the Word of 
God; it IS; She Word of God. It is supernatural in origin, eternal 
in duration, inexpressible in value, infinite in scope, divine in 
authorship, regenerative in power, infallible in authority, 
universal in totality. Read it through. Write it down. Pray it in. 
Work it out. Pass it on. It is the Word of God. 


"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is 
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for 
instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be 
perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." (II Timothy 

"For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven." (Psalm 

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin 
against thee." (Psalm 119:11) 

Selected by Margaret Brubaker 


In feeble, faltering human thought, 
We try to comprehend 
The glorious love that Jesus brought; 
The love that knows no end. 

Our failing minds but dimly see 
This awesome heavenly power 
That came to save and make us free, 
And with that love empower. 

How much we limit that great love 
And feebly struggle on, 
And seek to find our way above 
In human strength alone. 

This folly may we now reject 
And human strength disown, 
And let this heavenly power effect, 
Empower, control, alone. 


Then will this feeble life receive 
The power that changes hearts, 
The power that calls us to believe, 
That Christ alone imparts. 

And if this power can fully rule 
In all our hearts alone, 
Then He will use us as His tool 
And join our hearts as one. 

The wondrous things our Lord will do, 
When heavenly love directs 
Our hearts and hands and actions, too, 
And all our thought affects. 

We can't conceive how much can be 
Accomplished by our Lord, 
In yielded lives, through hearts made free, 
In hearts of one accord. 

James Beery 
Williamsport, Indiana 

BOWSER - A son, Logan Jesse, born January 1 to Eldon and 
Amy Bowser of Marble Falls, Arkansas. 

COVER - A son, Chad Lamar, born January 4 to Joseph and 
Laura Cover of Sonora, California. 

COVER - A son, Amos Wendell, born January 8 to Ben and 
Jolene Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

CABLE - A son, Timothy Dean, born January 18 to Larry and 
Liana Cable of Dayton, Ohio. 

ROYER - A son, Gerald Thomas, born January 3 1 to Sam and 
Rosanna Royer of Nappanee, Indiana. 



What Are You Aiming For? 

The marksman set up his target and carefully paced off his 
distance. He made some preliminary adjustments to his new 
sights and cleaned them thoroughly. Then, patiently sighting 
down the barrel, he gently squeezed the trigger. "Too low," he 
murmured to himself as he made a minute adjustment. Again he 
sighted; kgain he shot. "Too far to the left." Again he adjusted 
with care. He sighted and fired again. After several more 
adjustments, three shots in succession hit their mark. 

In order for the school to be successful, we too need some 
targets, some goals that we place before us as we spend this 
school term. 

Parents, what are you aiming for this year? Set up a target 
of having your children prepared to study each morning. Make 
adjustments to give them the time they need after school for 
drill or homework. Have some goals so that your children will 
see that school is important to you and that you support the 

School boards, have you paced off any targets? Have you 
made the preparations that the school needs to reach its goals? 
Set up targets that will facilitate the smooth operation of the 
school throughout the year. 

Teachers, you probably have already set up many goals. 
Aim with care; then make adjustments where they are needed. 
With God's help, keep your sights clear. If you seem to fall 
short of the target, do not move the target; make more 
adjustments to the sights. 

Students, you need targets also. Aim to do your best to 
take advantage of this passing opportunity of school. 

Finally, our work is much more important than simply 
sighting in a rifle. We are in the work of the Lord. There will 


be eternal consequences from how we hit the target. What are 

you aiming for? 

By Jonathan Reinford in 
The Christian School Builder 


Do you specifically pray for your children? Not just a "bless 
Bob and Suzy" kind of prayer, but a prayer that addresses 
specific concerns. It is possible that parents could watch their 
children grow up without actually having thought about what 
they hoped for them. Consider the following list and the 
possibility of constructing your own list and praying daily for 
your children. 

Thirty-one Concerns 

Salvation, growth in grace, love, honesty, self-control, love 
for God's word, justice, mercy, respect, biblical self-esteem, 
faithfulness, courage, purity, kindness, generosity, peace-loving, 
joy, perseverance, humility, compassion, responsibility, 
contentment, faith, a servant's heart, hope, willingness to work, 
passion for God, self-discipline, prayerfulness, gratitude, and a 
concern for the lost. 

Selected by Leona Miller 


As I heard a friend say once, "Every day is a good day, 
unless you've made other plans." Take time to let the present 
penetrate your mind. What do you have to be grateful for at 
this moment? Develop an attitude of gratitude and enjoy you 

"So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our 
hearts unto wisdom." (Psalm 90: 12) 

From the Sonora Community Hospital Scanner 



Father, in the morning hour, 

As we rise to greet the day, 

Direct our thoughts in praise and honor 

To the Creator who knows our way. 

Many are the times the tempter 
Clouds our minds with doubt and fear: 
Leaving thus our souls in turmoil 
While time slips away for us here. 

Time is too short for bitterness 
Or temptations that lead us to shame; 
Bringing each thought to obedience 
Through Jesus, in His holy name. 

Let us purpose in our hearts 
To take captive of every thought, 
Pleading for God's grace and goodness, 
Keeping our minds pure as we ought. 

Then as the evening shadows fall 
Again our praise we offer to Thee 
Today may You have been our Guide; 
Thy holiness, Thy purity, has set us free 
Becky Miller 
Bourbon, Indiana 


Dale Savage's phone: (937) 6920-6160 
Greg Voder's phone: (219)862-1499 



Prayer for a Life Companion 

Before Thee, dear Father, in meekness I stand; 
As clay I would be in the Potter's hands. 
My heart's desire would be to find 
Someone to love, mature and kind. 

I'm struggling to keep my inward thoughts still; 
Concerning this step, I want only Thy will 
Let me not be deceived by good looks or by fame, 
But choose one for me with a Christian name. 

Lead me to someone with virtues of gold 
Whose inward adorning will never grow old. 
Direction and guidance I earnestly seek; 
Without Thee I'm helpless and humanly weak. 
In praise and thanksgiving I'll lift up my voice, 
For Thou art my helper; in this I rejoice. 
Selected by Sarah Martin 


Meekness is being ready to yield rather than cause trouble; 
it is being humble and gentle and peaceable. Jesus teaches us to 
be meek by having lived a meek life Himself. Let's take a few 
peeps into Meek Molly's life to see how meekness acts. 

Daddy slowed the car and put on his turning signal. "Time 
for a Rest Area break," he said. The family was traveling to 
visit Uncle Ed and Aunt Sarah. 

"Good," said Molly. "It will be great to get out of the car." 

"I agree," Mother said. 

When Mother and Molly were walking back to the car, 
Molly saw her fuzzy blue gloves lying on the pavement beside 
the car. Just then a girl dashed over, picked up those gloves, 


and ran to hop into her car. "My gloves!" Molly cried. 
"Mother, can't we get them back?" But the other car was 
leaving, and there was no way to stop it. 

In the car, Molly and Mother told Daddy and Larry what 
had happened. "I'd have run after her and yanked her car door 
open," Larry stated emphatically. "She had no right to take 
your gloves. The very idea! " 

"Oh well, maybe she needed them worse than I do," Molly 
said. "I have an old pair I can still wear." 

"But you won't have them to play in the snow at Uncle 
Ed's," Larry worried. "That bad girl is a thief! " 

"I'm sure Aunt Sarah will have some gloves I can borrow." 
Molly said. "Let's just let that girl have my gloves and hope 
they keep her hands cozy- warm. " 

"That's a good attitude to have," Daddy said. "A Beatitude 
says, 'Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.' 
What are a pair of gloves compared to the earth?" 

Soon after they arrived at Uncle Ed's, Aunt Sarah passed a 
plate of delicious-looking cookies around. As she held the 
plate, Molly reached for the closest cookie. Quick as a wink, 
Larry's hand shot across the plate and grabbed that same 
cookie. "I want that one." Larry said. "It's the biggest!" 

Aunt Sarah's face wore a startled expression as she looked 
at Larry. "How rude!" she seemed to be thinking. Molly 
simply took another cookie and smiled at Larry. 

Larry threw a snowball, but it missed Molly and crashed 
through the porch window. Uncle Ed and Daddy came running 
when they heard the crash. Larry hid around the corner of the 
house, so Molly was left alone to tell what had happened. 
"Larry, come!" Daddy commanded. 

"Aw, Daddy, it was an accident," Larry whined as he came 
around the corner. . 

"You shouldn't have thrown toward the house," Daddy said. 
"Both of you come in and sit on chairs awhile." 

Meekly, Molly obeyed. Larry obeyed, too, but complained 
the whole time about it not being fair. Then, after sitting for 
two minutes, his whine changed to "Can I get up now, Daddy? 
I want to play," and soon he was crying loudly. 

After five minutes, Daddy told Molly she may get up and 
play, Molly smiled and slid off her chair. "Thank you, Daddy," 
she said. 

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Molly could tell Cousin Archie was close behind her as she 
ran the Fox and Geese trails. She ran even faster to get away 
from him, but he hollered. "Gotcha! You're It!" 
"Oh, I didn't feel you touch me." Molly said. 
"I did, though, and you're It now," Archie answered. 
"Okay, I'm It, everyone!" Molly agreed as the fun went on. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 



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VOL. 48 MARCH. 2001 No. 3 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 


Sometimes when I'm at meeting 

I slyly glance around, 
And see that all those present 

Their favorite place have found. 

Then when the hymn is chosen, 

I quickly find the place 
And note the lines of sorrow 

On many a careworn face. 

They do not dress in fashion 

As other people do, 
Or make themselves attractive, 

Those faithful ones, and true. 

The world would not admire them; 

They're lovable to me; 
I know how sympathetic 

Those dear loved ones can be. 

In praise and adoration 

To God their voices raise, 
And worship Him by singing 

With words of sincere praise. 

They sit with rapt attention 

And hear the preached Word, 
Then go their way rejoicing 

To practice what they've heard. 
-Guy Hootman 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd, Tuolumne, CA 95379 

CROSS OF 2001 

"And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after 
me, cannot be my disciple. " (Luke 14:27) 

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, 
but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the 
flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and 
gave himself for me. " (Ga. 2:20) 

"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of 
our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, 
and I unto the world. " (Ga. 6:14) 

"Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people 
with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth 
therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach." 
(He. 13:12,13) 

Bearing the cross. Crucified with Christ. Crucified unto the 
world. Bearing His reproach. These terms are about me! 
There is a cross for me. The cross means suffering and death. 
As one man wrote, "When a man carried his cross to be 
crucified, he had already said goodbye to his friends. He was 
not coming back. He was not going out to have his life 
redirected. He was going to have it ended." These thoughts 
crowd my mind as I think of the cross in my life. 

Where is this suffering and death in our modern setting? 
We read of persecutions in other ages and even in our age in 
other lands. Where is ours? Is it suffering to sit down to a meal 
of the finest, tastiest, most nutritious food that modern methods 
can produce? Is it caicifixion to ride down the highway in a 
quiet car with air-conditioned comfort on soft, reclining seats? 
Can we call it suffering when even our major surgeries are done 
with effective pain killers and the latest in medical skill? Is it 


sacrifice to spend a quiet evening at home with soft music and 
loving family and friends? Surely it is not wrong to have or to 
do these things. But is it being crucified with Christ? Where is 
our cross? 

Nero lighted his orgies with burning crosses on which hung 
Christians giving all. Christians have been tortured by every 
conceivable means. Their cross— their suffering— was visible. 
The devil could not conquer them, but only prove their faith. 
But the adversary has more tricks besides physical sufferings. 

Satan would have our children. He lays before them the 
lure of a fun-loving world. But children's fun is not wrong! It 
is when it comes at the expense of discipline and obedience. 
Parents, you want your children to enjoy life— perhaps to escape 
some of the stresses and traumas of your own childhood. But 
please do not rob them of the privilege of godliness as opposed 
to the careless, indulgent fancies that our materialistic world 
presents. Your children will rise up to bless you. They will 
take pride later in saying, "My parents just would not allow that 
kind of foolishness," or that fancy dress, or that extravagant 
toy. If they are taught true values, they will be thankful and 
pass these values on to their own children. But just one 
generation of carelessness can break the transfer of this 
priceless heritage. 

For young people, there is still more temptation. Anyone 
who has grown up in a permissive, affluent culture such as ours, 
is going to have a struggle sorting out what really counts. Is it 
cars and four-wheelers? How easy is it to go from snow- 
boarding or other sports to quiet meditation and study of 
eternal values? Many of these things are not wrong in 
themselves, but they are difficult to use and still exercise in 
godliness. How can our young people, blessed and protected, 
get the view of the needs of a world so lacking in comforts and 
the Gospel? How will they know without being taught, the 


folly of changing fads and the provocative, gaudy fashions of 
the world? 

For us adults, Satan also has temptations. We grew up 
hearing the issues of radios, cars, and Calvinism being debated. 
It hardly prepared us for TV, computer games, videos, and the 
internet. Nor were we ready for the tremendous affluence of 
our modern times. Alongside these things, there is a 
preoccupation with shopping and the latest fads, clever sayings, 
humor, sports, and entertainment, all so attractive to the "old 
man" who is to be crucified. 

In colonial times, the Quakers, persecuted in Europe, began 
to prosper in this new world. Farming opportunities were 
better here than in England, They could work hard and have 
good return for their labors. They began to lose their interest in 
spiritual things. Some of them even owned slaves. Several 
godly men cried out against the drift into worldliness, and the 
Quakers returned to godliness and simple living and felt a 
renewal of the power of God. The remedy for us will be the 
same: putting Jesus first, a concentration on the Word of God, 
and a return to holiness. 

If these warnings seem too negative, forgive me. But it is 
important that we be aware of the activities of the adversary 
who would have not only our attention, time, and energy, but 
our very souls. It becomes a matter of life or death to escape 
the corruption of the world around us. We might just have to 
give up some comforts and fun that seem harmless but take 
valuable time and resources. It is painful to renounce the very 
things that appeal to our earthly nature. We reason and squirm, 
but we know that anything that robs God of our time and 
energy is more dangerous than it might appear. Is this a cross 

Might it be a cross to risk the displeasure of our children 
and young people when we must say no to needlessly expensive 
food, toys, games, and parties? It shouldn't be, but probably is 


a cross to substitute study of the Word and stories of men of 
faith, for novels and entertaining reading— even some in the 
"religious fiction" category. One brother said, "As for reading, 
when I find a story is made up, I don't have much time for it. I 
can make up my own stories." Is it crucifixion to be satisfied 
with a less expensive life style so some that are poor might be 
helped? Is it taking up our cross daily when we make it a goal 
in the morning to glorify God, even if it means self denial? 
Galatians 5:24 says, "And they that are Christ's have crucified 
the flesh with the affections and lusts," 

The good part is that in Christ, crosses and burdens are not 
so heavy because He is right beside us, bearing our load, 
understanding our trials, and rewarding us with His grace and 

Crosses or comforts— which will we choose? 
One leads to glory; the other, we lose. 
Our time and attention God asks for today; 
The world claims us, too— would have us stray 
From the right and the good to the fun and the game, 
To pleasure and humor, the money, the fame. 
But God calls, so patient, so kind and so strong, 
Be holy, be godly, shun sin and all wrong. 

Crosses or comforts— we choose each morning: 
Our selfish will— or the doctrine adorning. 
Following Jesus we take up the cross; 
Following pleasure leads only to loss. 
Where is the value, the pearl of great price? 
Follow the Master; take His wise advice. 
Commit to His will all our time and ambition; 
Accepting our crosses in faith and contrition, — L.C. 



What has taken place yesterday and before is history. 
Prophecy is a claim of what will come to pass in the future. 
With accuracy, prophecy never fails and becomes history, 
giving man access to wisdom and knowledge that is above 
human capabilities. This in itself should have all men's 

The Holy Bible, the historical account of creation and the 
fall and restoration of man for a little over six thousand years, 
should be held in reverent awe by all. It is "God breathed," and 
all men will be held accountable to its contents. It contains 
proven wisdom that can not be paralleled in the journals of 

The first chapter of Genesis gives a general overview of all 
creation. The second chapter adds details of how it happened 
and man's position in it. 

"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, 
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became 
a living soul. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in 
Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out 
of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is 
pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in 
the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and 
evil. . . And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the 
garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." (Gen. 2:7-9, 15) 

"And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the 
air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not 
found an help meet for him. And the Lord God caused a deep 
sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his 
ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which 
the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and 
brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of 


my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, 
because she was taken out of Man." (Gen. 2:20-23) 

The woman came on the scene after God had given 
instructions in gardening and the consequences of disobedience. 
It is evident that Adam told Eve what God had said, for when 
Satan confronted her, she knew the penalty of eating the 
forbidden fruit. 

What God prophesied would happen for disobedience has 
come to pass and is now history to all men that have 
experienced physical death. Every woman that has given birth 
and every man that has tilled the ground (or is providing for 
life's needs) is experiencing fulfilled prophecy. 

Satan is also experiencing the prophetic declaration 
pronounced upon him: "And the Lord God said unto the 
serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all 
cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt 
thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I 
will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy 
seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise 
his heel." (Gen. 3:14,15) 

When Jesus, the seed of the woman, died on the cross 
(Satan being the executioner) it only bruised His heel, but when 
He rose from the grave, it bruised Satan's head. He is now 
powerless to prevent those that put their faith and trust in the 
resurrected Lord. This is also now a glorious history to those 
that have lived and died in faith. 

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that 
believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; And 
whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest 
thou this?" 

When all prophecy becomes histoiy (and it will), every soul 
that has ever lived will find themselves in its fulfillment. 

"And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death 
and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they 


were judged every man according to their works. And death 
and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was 
cast into the lake of fire." (Rev. 20:13-15) 

"And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are 
these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest And he said to me, 
These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have 
washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the 
Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve 
him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the 
throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, 
neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor 
any heat For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall 
feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: 
and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." (Rev. 7:13- 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 


For centuries man has been futile in his search for freedom 
and liberty. This country fought for liberty from England and 
was victorious. The cry was, "Give me liberty or give me 
death!" They wanted freedom so much that they risked their 
lives, and many did die in the bloody struggle. Sadly, most men 
are not that passionate to find freedom for their souls and to 
enter into the glorious liberty of Christ, the only true, genuine 
freedom available. Until we are free from ourselves, we have 
only a superficial liberty. We enjoy and appreciate the liberty 
that we have in this country, especially the freedom of worship. 


Adam and Eve enjoyed the ultimate liberty—probably what 
we will experience in heaven. Then they made the first wrong 
choice that enslaved them to the world and themselves, 
distancing them from God. But God is merciful and makes a 
provision for man to make peace with Him, freed from sin. 
Throughout the Old Testament, animal sacrifices were required; 
today, Christ has sacrificed Himself and waits for us to fully 
accept Him and enter His glorious liberty. ". . .He hath sent me 
to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the 
captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty 
them that are bruised. . ." (Is. 61:1 as quoted in Lk. 4:18) This 
describes His whole mission of reaching out and calling, "Come 
unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give 
you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am 
meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Mt. 11:28-30) 
Why is it so difficult for us to accept this and experience ". . .the 
glorious liberty of the children of God"? (Ro. 8:21) 

"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a 
contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." (Ps. 51:17) This 
is where it must start. We must fall to the ground in brokenness 
with a heart open to God; as the grain falls to the earth and dies, 
only then can it bring forth fruit to the glory of God. (Jo. 
12:24) "Whoever loves his lower life will lose the higher; but 
whoever hates his lower life in this world preserves the higher 
for eternal life." (Jo. 12:25 waiiaim New Testament) The choice, then, 
rests with us as to which life we will pursue. Many want the 
"higher life" that leads to eternal life but do not want to walk 
the narrow way. Many covet the benefits, but won't work. 
Many take the position, but not the participation. 

The problem lies with self, for we can't get anywhere on our 
own power. It is only when we give up our own wills (become 
nothing) that we can be joined to His Will (become new). "And 
(we) shall know the truth, and the truth shall make (us) free. 


. if the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free 
indeed." (Jo. 8:32,36) Most things are a process: learning the 
truth, freedom, all of life is a process. We learn the basic things 
of Christ, we accept Him, we enter into His salvation, and the 
process of growth has begun. Eliminating sin is also a process 
of effort and patience. Open scars of our past also require a 
process of dealing and healing. It often takes special people, 
specially trained people, to help us through. Listening with 
compassion, crying, laughing, accepting, are all needed, for we 
are to be like Jesus. It takes prayer, fellowship, the breaking of 
bread together and worship. We are not to forsake the 
assembling of ourselves together, but to exhort one another. 
(He. 10:25) The Church is the assembly of believers spiritually 
interacting in worship and fellowship; bearing one another's 
burdens and joys; lifting one another up higher. 

Without the power of the Holy Spirit within your heart, you 
won't be free; you won't experience the glorious liberty of the 
children of God. The Holy Spirit illuminates our souls, 
revealing all that is there. This is the only way that we can see 
what is keeping us from the liberty that we should have. He is a 
brilliant revealer. (Mt. 5:15,16; Ep. 5:13) "But call to 
remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were 
illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions 
(tribulations)." (He. 10:32) They became "gazingstocks" by 
reproaches and sufferings; they also joined those already in this 
tribulation. They had become freed from this world and its 
lower life, and through the liberty of Christ were compelled to 
join in fellowship those also suffering ill treatment, (v. 33) So 
the process of illumination urged them deep into the liberty of 
the children of God, disciplining them to endure the tribulation 
and enjoy the resulting glory of bearing the cross of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. (Ga. 6:14) These brethren sought fellowship in 
tribulation; how much more should we today! 


In simplicity, the apostle Paul lays it out for us: "Walk in 
the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the 
flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: 
and these are contrary (opposed) the one to the other: so that 
ye cannot do the things that ye would." (Ga. 5:16,17) We see 
how important it is then, to tend to spiritual things. It is 
necessary for each individual to study the Word daily, to pray, 
to meditate. This feeds our souls to keep our strength up and 
exercise the Holy Spirit to a brighter illumination of His Word 
enabling us to see more clearly how we should walk. This in 
turn brings us as brethren and sisters, closer to one another in 
His love and fellowship. We begin to understand one another 
to a greater degree, and appreciate one anothers strengths, gifts, 
and even weaknesses. "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where 
the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open 
face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed 
into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit 
of the Lord. " (II Co. 3 : 17, 1 8) -to be continued 

Ron Cable 
Williamsport, Indiana 

(Third and last in a series of articles by the same author.) 

We have recently traveled through the thoughts of trial and 
self-denial. This article will be on the positive side: Heaven. I 
wonder if our vision of Heaven is sometimes so vague that we 
misplace it in the back of our minds? 

Are we like Arnold Palmer, the gold medalist, who was 
invited to Saudi Arabia? While he was there, King Hussein 
asked him what he would like for a gift. "Nothing," he said. 
The king replied, "No, I would like to give you something." So 
Arnold said, "Okay, I collect golf clubs." So Arnold went 


home, and days went by. He started watching for his golf clubs. 
Would they be gold or have silver on them? He wondered. 
Days later an envelope came in the mail—not at all what he had 
thought. What kind of golf club would fit in that? Opening the 
envelope, he found a $500 membership in a golf club with 
access to acres of green turf to play golf on. 

Is our vision of Heaven like that? Do we really grasp the 
extent of eternity? Eternity! Who can say how long that is? 

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where 
moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through 
and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where 
neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not 
break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will 
your heart be also." (Mat. 6:19-21) 

Where are our hearts, our minds, and our daily energies? I 
wondered about this as we recently laid a loved one away. 
These people enjoyed and collected antiques. Did they take any 
of them with them? No, only thoughts, words, and deeds that 
went on before them. 

Isn't our time our treasure? What will we do with our 
precious today? As we look at life and our short-term trials, 
everyone will surely say, "Yes, yes, Heaven will surely be worth 
it all! 

Written in His love, 
Vicki L. Witmer 
New Madison, Ohio 

Who is the pure in heart? Only those who have surrendered 
their hearts completely to Jesus that He may reign in them 
alone. Only those whose hearts are undefiled by their own evil- 
-and their own virtues too. 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the Cost of Discipleship 
Selected by Michael Harris 



Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus 

Louisa Stead and her husband were relaxing with their four- 
year-old daughter at the seaside when they heard a child's 
desperate cry. Louisa's husband tried to rescue the drowning 
boy, but in the process the boy pulled Mr. Stead under the 
water. Both drowned as Louisa and her daughter watched. 

Louisa had no means of support, and she and her daughter 
suffered dire poverty. One morning, when she had no food for 
the day, she opened the front door and found that someone had 
left food and money on her doorstep. That day she wrote this 

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, 

Just to take Him at His word, 

Just to rest upon His promise, 

Just to know "Thus saith the Lord." 

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! 
How I've proved Him o'er and o'er! 
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! 
O for grace to trust Him more! 

Information from The One Year Book of Hymns, compiled and edited by Robert K. Brown 
and Mark R. Norton @ 1995. Devotions written by William J. Petersen. Used by permission of 
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. 

Jean Martin 

Nappanee, Indiana 

FLORA - A son, Dane Patrick, born February 27 to Greg and 
Elisabeth Flora of Nappanee, Indiana 



Be ready, for the day is near, 
When all who live the trump shall hear. 
The earth will shake, the rocks will rent, 
And all we see, the Lord will end. 

The things with which we work each day 
Will perish then and pass away; 
And e'en the body where we dwell, 
We'll leave to go to Heaven or Hell. 

Be ready, for the Saviour came; 
We can be saved through His great name, 
If we will plead His wondrous grace 
And do our best His steps to trace. 

Then we will see the heavenly clime. 
When we depart these scenes of time. 
Then we will have what ne'er shall end; 
Great things that we can't comprehend. 

Be ready, for if we refuse 
The Saviour's call, then we will lose 
The best of Earth, and when we die, 
To Heaven's clime we will not fly. 

Then there will be an awful fate; 
There'll be no hope, 'twill be too late. 
The terrors of the awful place, 
Not one of us would want to face. 

Be ready, for that place is real; 

And many will its terrors feel 

And suffer there in deep despair. 

They'll know they chose what brought them there. 

How sad 'twould be, the Judge to face, 
To be condemned to that sad place. 


Oh! Use your time while still you may! 
Flee Hell! Serve Christ! and live His way! 

Be ready! Oh! I plead with you! 
Choose life today! The truth pursue! 
For only while 'tis called today, 
Do we have power to choose the way. 

We know not when our time is o'er, 

When God will say we've time no more. 

Today we choose where we will be 

And what will be our destiny. 
James Beery 
Williamsport, Indiana 

CHILDREN'S PAGE; Thoughtful Thelma 

"Mother, may I take Mrs. Shank's paper in to her? I think 
she must be sick," Thelma said. 

"Certainly you may, dear," Mother answered. "Just be 
careful crossing the road. You may visit with Mrs. Shank for 
fifteen minutes if you think she'd like that." 

Thelma stopped at the edge of the road and looked right, 
then left, then right again to be sure no cars were coming. Then 
she walked across the road, got Mrs. Shank's newspaper out of 
the box, and skipped up the walk to the house. She rang the 
doorbell and waited. Finally she heard Mrs. Shank calling, 
"Come in." 

"Hello, Mrs. Shank," Thelma greeted her neighbor. "How 
are you feeling?" 

"Oh, I'm not a bit good," Mrs. Shank answered. "I have 
such a cough that I can hardly get my breath at times. I'm so 
weak, I can't even get my dishes washed." 

"Let me wash your dishes," Thelma offered. "Mother said I 
may stay fifteen minutes if you'd like me to. I can get that 

sinkful of dishes washed in fifteen minutes— or, at least most of 

"How thoughtful of you, Thelma. I'd be so glad to have 
those dishes washed." Mrs. Shank sank down onto a chair and 
began coughing and coughing. 

Thelma hurried to the sink and began stacking the dishes 
and preparing to wash them. Then she spied a bottle of cough 
medicine. Taking it and a spoon, she offered it to Mrs. Shank, 
who gratefully swallowed some of the cough syrup. "Thank 
you!" she gasped between coughs. 

Back to the sink Thelma went and began washing dishes. 
She hurried, but still worked carefully. Soon all the dishes were 
clean and neatly stacked in the drainer. 

"I have three minutes left, Mrs. Shank. Is there something 
else you'd like me to do?" Thelma asked. 

By this time, Mrs. Shank had stopped coughing and could 
talk again. "No, dear girl, I don't think there is. It is so 
thoughtful of you to notice I needed a little help. Thank you so 

"I'll see if Mother will let me come over again tomorrow 
and do up your dishes," said Thoughtful Thelma as she opened 
the door. "Good-bye for now," and away she skipped. 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 

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VOL. 48 APRIL. 2001 No. 4 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 


There is a green hill far away, 
Without a city wall, 
Where the dear Lord was crucified, 
Who died to save us all 

We may not know, we cannot tell, 
What pains He had to bear, 
But we believe it was for us 
He hung and suffered there. 

He died that we might be forgiven; 
He died to make us good, 
That we might go at last to heaven, 
Saved by His precious blood. 

There was no other good enough 
To pay the price of sin; 
He only could unlock the gate 
Of heaven and let us in. 

O dearly, dearly has He loved! 
And we must love Him too, 
And trust in His redeeming blood, 
And try His works to do. 

-Cecil Frances Alexander 1848 

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There is a special place for Christians: at the foot of the 
cross of Jesus. Here we see the blood given in atonement for 
our sins. Here we see the love of God for His truant creation. 
Here we are commissioned and challenged to go and bring our 
children and others to this blessed place. Here we see ourselves 
in the spotlight of our desperate need. Here we find acceptance 
and forgiveness— and grace for each trial 

From the foot of the cross, we look up to Jesus as a child 
looks to his parents. The child cannot possibly comprehend all 
that his parents have done for him-all the sacrifices they have 
made, sleep lost, pleasures given up, life style altered-but also 
the abounding love, the fond hopes, the joy in seeing the child 
grow and make good choices. "Looking unto Jesus the author 
and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him 
endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the 
right hand of the throne of God." The child cannot appreciate 
all that has taken place, but he loves to belong to the family of 
his parents; he finds acceptance there. 

At the foot of the cross, history falls into place; the story 
makes sense. In our modern "enlightened" time so many are 
doubting. In our yesterday's newspaper, the brilliant professors 
were commenting on and questioning the truth of the Exodus of 
Israel from Egypt. The article was entitled "Exodus Debated 
Even As Passover Nears." One statement, contradictory to say 
the least: "The saga of Israel's Exodus from Egypt is neither 
historical truth nor literary fiction. It is a powerful expression 
of memory and hope, born in a world in the midst of change." 
They cited men with different views about the past, but ignored 
what God has said. I feel free to doubt their conclusions and 


believe the everlasting Word of God. At the foot of the cross 
we understand that God delivered Israel much like we are 
delivered personally from sin and bondage. It is no wonder that 
God values simple belief 

At the foot of the cross we see God's love expressed not 
only in words ("Father, forgive them; for they know not what 
they do") but in action as Jesus laid down His life for our sins. 
One brother used to say, "Love and hate met at the cross and 
love conquered." To look upon the pierced body of the Savior, 
one would hardly call it victory. But wait for the end of the 
story. Jesus had told His disciples that He would rise again, and 
they did not believe. But three days later on resurrection 
morning, the victory was clear. Jesus died to conquer sin in our 
lives, but He conquered death as well. Thus Paul could exclaim 
in writing: "O death, where is thy sting? grave, where is thy 

At the foot of the cross we see ourselves— tainted, corrupted 
by sin, but made clean by the Savior. "Though your sins be as 
scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like 
crimson, they shall be as wool." "But he was wounded for our 
transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the 
chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes 
we are healed." "Who his own self bare our sins in his own 
body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins should live unto 
righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." At the cross 
we understand that God found a way— apparently the only way 
we could be redeemed. 

At the foot of the cross we feel a burden for the lost. We 
read that there is room for all— all may come to this place and be 
washed in the blood of the Lamb. In the parable of the wedding 
feast, Jesus says to bid them to come and even compel them to 
come. At the cross we sense the needs of a dying world, for 
here God is opening the way. Just because many pass by and 
ignore an open door does not prove that there is no open door. 


Neither does it prove there is no need when the majority ignore 
that need. God says that all have sinned. Hebrews 2:3 says, 
"How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation? 11 At the 
cross we feel the weight of the commission of Jesus, "Go ye 
into all the world. . ." That means next door as well as Nigeria. 
The open door is the strait gate. To enter calls for commitment. 
But most people are not unwilling to support or sacrifice for 
something they really believe in— whether it protecting abused 
animals or saving the spotted owl. At the cross we get 
priorities straight. We see the real need of men and women to 
believe the record God gave of His Son. 

At the foot of the cross we must lose our self-centeredness 
and even our individualism, because if we belong to the One 
who hung there, we are part of something greater than just us. 
We are members of Christ's body, members one of another. We 
see the love of Jesus poured out for all, and we hear His words; 
"This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have 
loved you." Here we become inspired to love and serve the 
way Jesus did. We would stay here where there is so much to 
learn and experience. And we may linger and remain. 
Physically, it would not work, but in the Spirit, we stay at the 
foot of the cross while we serve one another and minister to the 
needy of the world. 

In humble submission, let us with an "eye of faith" gaze up 
on the dreadful scene of the Savior on the cross giving His life 
blood for us. Let us worship Him as our gracious God, praise 
Him as our risen Redeemer, obey Him as our loving Lord, and 
serve Him as our conquering King. Hallelujah! — L.C. 


Come to the cross, you sinful and forsaken; 
Come bow before the pierced feet of Christ the Lord; 
Come worship the King crowned with thorns and broken; 
Come listen to His gracious, loving words. 


"Father forgive them," as He dies He cries, 
"They know not what they do" His painful prayer. 
Gaze on the scene with tearful, faith-full eyes, 
And see your loving Savior hanging there. 

Not for His own sin He hangs and suffers, 
But for all of mine and yours and theirs. 
He bore our sins in His own sinless body, 
Freeing all who come with tears and cares. 

Hallelujah to the bleeding, suffering Savior; 
By His pain our souls are saved from death. 
He will reign as King and God forever; 
Serve Him, praise Him till your latest breath. -L.C. 

ILLUMINATION (continued from last issue) 

The Light on Our Path 

"Therefore, brethren, we are debtors (under obligations- 
Williams N. T.), not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye 
live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do 
mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are 
led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." (Rom. 8:12- 
14) I want to stress for as many as are led by the Spirit of 
God. It is vital that each individual carefully possess the Spirit, 
for our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. (I Cor. 3:16) 
We should listen to the promptings, for if we are open, we will 
be led. The Holy Spirit is the Light on our path, leading us into 
all Truth, and showing us how to walk the narrow way. 

"How, then, should we live?" is the cry of many. To some it 
doesn't matter. To others "going to church" is enough. Is this 


"fruit unto holiness"? (Rom. 6:22) Hardly! But then some 
groups legislate to their members how to live, what to wear, 
what to have and not have. Does this produce fruit unto 
holiness? Is there anything in this world that we can put on to 
make us more holy and less worldly? "And I, brethren, could 
not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as 
unto babes in Christ. . . For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there 
is among you envying, strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, 
and walk as men?" (I Cor. 3:1,3) Since the ceasing of their 
persecution, the "plain people" have had a problem with strife 
and division. Recently there was another division. How sad 
God must be to see His children falling out with one another 
over worldly things! Does this illumine our path? Does non- 
conformity bring us into conformity with Christ? Is strife, 
bickering, division the fruit of a transformed, renewed mind? 

We have a much higher calling. "I call upon you, therefore, 
brethren, through the compassions of God, to present your 
bodies a sacrifice—living, sanctified, acceptable to God—your 
intelligent service; and be not conformed to this age, but be 
transformed by the renewing of your mind, for your proving 
what is the will of God— the good, and acceptable, and perfect." 
(Rom. 12:1,2 Young's literal translation) Until our minds are 
renewed and transformed (illuminated) by the power of the 
Holy Spirit, we will not have the "intelligence" (of God) to 
fulfill the "proving" of God's will. Until we are "sanctified," we 
will not have this transformation; so it should humble each 
person to seek wholeheartedly the fullness of Christ, conformed 
to His image. (Rom. 8:29) Only on this high, illuminated 
"intelligence," will we know "the good, and acceptable, and 
perfect" will of God. Then our conformity to Christ and His 
Word results in non-conformity to the world. Then we can 
understand from the heart what modesty is, what proper 
adornment is. (I Tim. 2:9,10; I Pet. 3:3-5) Yes, we can say 


with Job, "I put on righteousness, and it clothed me. . ." (Job 
29:14); I am now "clothed with humility." (I Pet. 5:5) 

Jesus asked, "Why take ye thought for raiment. . .?" (Mat. 
6:28) "Wherewithal shall we be clothed?" (v. 31c) We can 
concentrate too much on these things. We need to keep our 
minds uncluttered from worldly things, and clearly focused on 
His Word and heavenly things, for here is where we find 
genuine liberty. We are warned about judging one another's 
liberty: ". . .Why is my liberty judged of another man's 
conscience?" ". . .Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of 
God." (I Cor. 10:29,31) There are clear principles to be 
followed in the New Testament, e.g. modesty in dress, humility, 
peace; but it must be followed by each individual believer from 
the illumined heart casting the light on the path. 

Who Shall Separate Us From the Love of Christ? 

Romans 8:35-39. We should also ask, "What shall separate 
us?" "Tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness 
(destitution), peril and sword" did not separate the early 
Christians from the love of Christ and one another. How 
ashamed we should be today of the petty things that are 
separating us from the love of Christ and one another! "For I 
would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for 
them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in 
the flesh; That their hearts might be comforted (encouraged), 
being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full 
assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the 
mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are 
hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (Col. 2:1-3) 
Love is the greatest of all principles; it is a command greater 
than all the commandments. Without it we are lost. Love holds 
us together (I Cor. 5:14), so without it we fall apart, as we see 
today. Oh that we could be knit together, tightly woven into a 
garment of praise. (Isa. 61:3) After all, love is the sign that 
identifies His disciples. (John 13:35) 


"The love is long suffering, it is kind, the love doth not 
envy, the love doth not vaunt itself, is not puffed up, doth not 
act unseemly, doth not seek its own things, is not provoked, 
doth not impute evil, rejoiceth not over the unrighteousness, 
and rejoiceth with the truth; all things it beareth, all it believeth, 
all it hopeth, all it endureth. The love doth never fail; and 
whether there be prophecies, they shall become useless; whether 
tongues, they shall cease; whether knowledge, it shall become 
useless; for in part we know, and in part we prophesy; and 
when that which is perfect may come, then that which is in part 
shall become useless." "Pursue the love, and seek earnestly the 

Spiritual things. . ."(I Cor. 13:4-10; 14:1a Young's literal translation) It 

is truly "the love," for it is divine, agape love that can do all 
things. Jesus has promised that if we seek, we will find; if we 
knock, it will be opened. (Matt. 7:7; Luke 11:9) If we pursue 
the love and earnestly seek the spiritual things, then we will find 
glorious fruit, the fruit of the Spirit: "love, joy, peace, long- 
suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." 
(GaL 5:22,23) This is the evidence of the Spirit within us. We 
must examine ourselves, ". . .whether (we) be in the faith; prove 
your own selves. . ." (II Cor. 13:5) 

Can we not see, then, how we should live? Is the world or 
the Word motivating us? Can we not see that nothing should 
separate us from the love of Christ? When we are fully alive in 
His Spirit and immersed in His Word, we are 
"more than conquerors through him that loved us." (Rom. 
8:37) Jesus has left us the perfect example. Let's intensely 
study it instead of men's philosophies which spoil us (Col. 2:8), 
for ". . .to be spiritually minded is life and peace" (Rom. 8:6; 

We have concentrated on the individual's being illuminated 
and do not want to neglect the illumination of the collective 
assembly. But the only way to have this collective illumination 
is for each individual believer to have it; then there is great love 


and power when we come together. It is also important that we 
discuss the Scriptures and ideas to help keep ourselves 
balanced. We are commentaries one to another. Not that we 
all must agree on every point, but that in essentials we have 
unity, in non-essentials liberty, and in everything love. We help 
one another in our separation from the "unclean thing." (II Cor. 
6:17) We help one another in "perfecting holiness in the fear of 
God." (II Cor. 7:1; Phil. 2:14-16) We carefully walk together 
". . .as strangers and pilgrims," keeping ourselves from carnal 
lusts which war, mar, and scar our soul; walking in the Light, as 
Jesus is our "radiant energy" (Webster's Dictionary - light) 
making our burdens light. (I Pet. 2:1 1; Eph. 5:8-11) 

"But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and 
continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of 
the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." (what he does) 
(James 1:25) "Study (be diligent) to show thyself approved 
unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly 
dividing the word of truth." (II Tim.. 2:15) "Stand fast 
therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free. ." 
(Gal. 5:1) 

Open my eyes, that I may see 

Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me; 

Place in my hands the wonderful key 

That shall unclasp, and set me free. 

Silently now I wait for Thee, 

Ready, my God, Thy will to see; 

Open my eyes, illumine me, 

Spirit divine! -Charles H. Scott 

Ron Cable 
Williamsport, IN 

God the Father praised His Son. Surely it is a good thing 
for us to praise our children. -From a reader 



See, up the road, an endless throng 
Is marching on the way. 
A blood bought host with joyous song, 
Up to the heavenly day. 

There, just ahead, I see our son, 
Who left us years ago; 
And over there, as they move on, 
I see our parents go. 

And far away in brighter light, 
I see the martyrs too. 
How wondrous is this glorious sight, 
Of those, the tried and true. 

And at the end, I see the One 
Who built this narrow way; 
The heavenly Savior, God's own Son, 
And now I hear Him say: 

"Come unto me, you burdened one, 
And I will give you rest, 
For only here can rest be found. 
This narrow way is best." 

No vile and sinful ones are there, 
But just the kind and meek, 
Who in compassion help to bear 
The burdens of the weak. 


And as I view this narrow way, 
I see the Father's hand; 
Protecting, keeping, those each day, 
Who are His faithful band. 

And if we'll walk this narrow way, 

And to the end endure, 

We'll be with them in glorious day, 

Eternally secure. 

James Beery 
Williamsport, Indiana 


The hands of Christ 
Seem very frail 
For they were broken 
By a nail. 

But only they 
Reach heaven at last 
Whom these frail, broken 
Hands hold fast. 

-John Richard Moreland 


March 31 -April 1 Bradford, Ohio 
May 19-20 Wakarusa, Indiana 
June 1, 2, & 3 Annual Meeting, Salida, California 
All are welcome to any of these meetings. Come and bring 
your friends. 



Preserving the Fire 

In the bitter cold of the Far North, a group of explorers 
huddled together. Survival was impossible unless they could 
start a fire. But a strong wind made starting a fire difficult, and 
match after match burst into flame only to die away. Finally, 
one single match remained. With this match the group lived or 
died. Imagine their care to shield it from the wind, to do 
everything in their power to keep it burning. Imagine their 
intense interest as this match was struck. 

We too live in a cold world, our lives threatened by the 
biting winds of carnality and wickedness. We, God's people, 
huddle together to shelter ourselves from the freezing influences 
about us, to kindle and nurture the lifesaving fire of spirituality. 
Preserving this fire should be our utmost concern. Nothing else 
in life is half as important. We live or die with the spirituality 
among us. 

Spiritual fires must be kept burning at school as well as at 
home and at church. For this reason we start each school day 
with a devotional period. We seek to direct our children's 
minds to the most important side of life before looking into 
natural studies. Teachers, are our devotionals prepared with 
this burden of heart—every time? Do we strive to point our 
students to God? How diligently do we tend the fire? 

Is it not also true that Bible lessons are the most important 
lessons in our entire curriculum? Lessons for younger children 
are of a factual nature, but they are developing attitudes toward 
God and His Word. In lessons for students who are Christians 
we apply the Word more directly. What a weight of 
responsibility rests on a teacher's shoulders as he leads in every 
Bible study. If he does not stir the fire and add fuel to it, he 
fails terribly. God help us never to have boring Bible classes! 


Spiritual interests are further influenced by the teacher's 
conduct throughout the day, in everything from science classes 
to music periods to recess times. Students will not say, "My 
teacher loves the Lord and I want to, too," or "I don't see much 
need for spiritual things because rny teacher doesn't." These 
thoughts may not even run through their conscious minds. But 
subconsciously they will be drawn to appreciate and respect 
spiritual values as their teacher does. Teachers, do we show a 
warmth of spiritual fervor that will draw our students closer to 
the fire of life? 

The world is cold. Its chill will numb and kill. Let us put 
forth every effort to preserve the fire that will preserve us. 

By Ernest D. Wine 
in The Christian School Builder 


'And Pilate released Barabbas. . .and delivered Jesus. . .to be 
crucified." --Mark 15:15 

What didst thou think upon that day, 
Barabbas, malefactor vile, 
Awaiting agony and death 

In that short while, 
When to thy prison door one came 
And said, "Barabbas, thou art free; 
Another man will take thy place 

And die for thee"? 

With awe and trembling wonder filled, 
Thou must have followed to the place 
Where He was nailed upon thy cross, 
To see His face; 


Thou must have marked thy fellow thief, 
And listened to his pleading cry, 
And heard the confident, clear voice . 
That made reply. 

Thou must have owned thy lasting debt 
To Him whose death for thee sufficed, 
And said, "This man is more than man; 

This is the Christ." 
You must have felt thy hardened heart 
With love and gratitude o'erflow 
To Him who bore thy punishment, 

And let thee go. 

And shall my own heart love Him less? 
For, as He died that day for thee— 
Barabbas, murderer and thief— 

And set thee free, 
So, when my guilty soul deserved 
The law's extremest penalty, 
He died, my sinless Substitute, 

Instead of me. 

—Annie Johnson Flint 

MARTIN - A daughter, Margaret Rachel, born March 25 to 
Neil and Lois Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 
STALTER - A son, Riley Sinclair, born April 3 to Simon and 
Abigail Stalter of Goshen, Indiana. 


Keith Rhoades: 902 Arrowhead Drive, Apt. 12 

Oxford, OH 45056 (513) 524-9510 



Loving Lily 

"Oh, you dear puppy! I just love you so much!" Lily said 
as she hugged her wriggling puppy. "You're so soft and cuddly, 
and you love me, too, don't you? Here's your Puppy Chow. 
Eat it while I go eat my breakfast, okay? You dear, sweet 

At the breakfast table, Mother said, "Lily and I will go help 
Grandma houseclean her living room today. I'll leave some 
food in the refrigerator for you and the boys, Daddy. You can 
heat it up for your lunch. We should be home by 5 o'clock." 

"Going to Grandma's, going to Grandma's. I'm glad we're 
going to Grandma's," sang Lily as she skipped out to tell her 
puppy bye. "Be a good puppy today," she told him, 

"Hi, Grandma!" Lily said as she gave Grandma a big hug 
and a kiss. "I'm so glad to come see you. And I want to tell 
you about my sweet, sweet puppy. Oh, Grandma, I do love my 
puppy so much! He's such a good little puppy! He's just no 
bother at all, and he licks me all over my face. Mother says 
that's his way of kissing me, so I know He loves me, too." Lily 
stopped to catch her breath. 

"I think you forgot about all the trouble your puppy got into 
yesterday, Lily," Mother said. "What all did he do? Pulled on 
your dress till it tore, bit your finger so hard it bled, dug a big 
hole in my flower bed, chased the chickens, and chewed a little 
kitty nearly to death. Was there any other trouble he got into?" 

"But he didn't mean to be naughty, Mother," Lily answered. 
"He really doesn't know any better, so I forgave him. Besides, 
he's so dear, I can't remember the bad things he does for loving 
him so." 

"I see," Mother smiled and began talking to Grandma about 
cleaning the living room. 



There's a verse in Proverbs that says, "Hatred stirreth up 
strifes, but love covereth all sins." (Pro. 10:12) This little story 
shows how that works. When we love something or somebody, 
we don't remember, or think about, any bad things they do. 
Neither do we like to hear others tell bad things about them, so 
we try to make excuses to "cover up" for them, 

Linda Frick 

Gettysburg, Ohio 


Still as of old 

Men by themselves are priced— 

For thirty pieces Judas sold 

Himself, not Christ. —Hester H. Cholmondeley 












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VOL. 48 MAY. 2001 No. 5 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world, (I John 4:14) 


Are all the children in? The night is falling, 

And storm-clouds gather in the threatening west; 

The lowing cattle seek a friendly shelter, 

The bird glides to her nest. 

The thunder crashes: wilder grows the tempest, 

And darkness settles o'er the fearful din; 

Come, shut the door and gather round the hearthstone. 

Are all the children in? 

Are all the children in? The night is falling, 
When gilded sin doth walk about the streets. 
Oh, "At the last it biteth like a serpent!" 
Poisoned are the stolen sweets. 
Oh mothers, guard the feet of inexperience, 
Too prone to wander in the paths of sin! 
Oh, shut the door of love against temptation! 
Are all the children in? 

Are all the children in? The night is falling. 
The night of death is hastening on apace: 
The Lord is calling, "Enter thou thy chamber 
And tarry there a space. " 
And when He comes, the King in all His glory, 
Who died the shameful death our hearts to win, 
Will shut the gates of heaven about us 
With all the children in! 

-Elizabeth Rosser 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd, Tuolumne, C A 95379 


Mothers come in all shades and sizes, Jew and Gentile, bond 
and free. Some of the Saviour's best examples of faith come 
from Gentiles— one from a Gentile mother. 

To the Jews, Gentiles were little better than animals. It 
reminds us of the slaves in the past of our own nation: they 
were considered on the level of beasts—having speech but no 
soul. I think Jesus used the faith of Gentiles to show the folly 
of this type of thinking. This country's Declaration of 
Independence stated the equality of all men when the document 
says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are 
created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with 
certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and 
the pursuit of happiness. . ." 

She was evidently a Phoenician— of the coasts of Tyre and 
Sidon. The time was a rare instance when Jesus left His 
country of Israel. (All countries are "His," but His birthplace 
was Jewry.) This Gentile mother had a daughter that was 
"grievously vexed with a devil." The way she came to Jesus 
and persistently appealed to Him are examples both of faith in 
God and faithful motherhood. 

She addressed Him, "O Lord, thou Son of David." For the 
Gentile mother to acknowledge Him as Lord and Son of David 
showed respect not limited by nationality. People then were 
probably at least as conscious as we are of national differences: 
dialects or accents, dress customs, physical appearance. But 
here was respect beyond all this: "O Lord!" 

She stated her problem, no doubt with all the zeal and 
emotion only a mother can display: "My daughter is grievously 
vexed with a devil." Surprisingly, the Saviour ignored her, 


didn't even answer. The disciples said, "Send her away, for she 
crieth after us." We can see some prejudice in their plea. 

Jesus' next words reminded her of her status, something 
other than a sheep of Israel: "I am not sent but unto the lost 
sheep of the house of Israel." True to motherhood, she was not 
turned away. She worshipped Him saying, "Lord, help me." 

Jesus answered again, "It is not meet to take the children's 
bread, and to cast it to dogs." I think only a mother could stay 
under such an insult. A man would have turned away in 
indignation. Was Jesus out of character here? Was He giving 
way to popular prejudice that saw all but pure Jews as second- 
rate, sub-standard, dogs? No, our Lord never turned away true 
seekers, and here was a mother who could take any insult, bear 
any reproach, take any place, because her faith told her, "Here 
is the Master who can heal my daughter if He only will." What 
a lesson in faith did Jesus bring out of this encounter— for us and 
for all time! 

This mother's reply showed not only quick thought, but also 
humble acceptance of a place we all occupy in comparison to 
our mighty Saviour: "Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the 
crumbs which fall from their masters' table." 

Jesus' answer showed what He knew all along: "O woman, 
great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt." With the 
word from the Master, the daughter was made whole. 

Let us glean from this true account some Mother's Day 

This dear mother had faith, faith that knows no limit of 
God's power; faith that is alive and well, and growing like a 
mustard seed, faith that is willing to take a lowly place, because 
we know God is in charge and does all things well and will 
make all things right. 

Persistence. This woman was like the widow in Luke 18 
that appealed to an unjust judge for help. He finally helped her 
as he said, "Lest by her continual coming she weary me." Jesus 


said, "And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day 
and night unto him, though he bear long with them?" 

Jesus says, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall 
find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." He pointed out 
that even earthly fathers (or mothers) know how to give good 
gifts to their children: "If a son shall ask bread of any of you 
that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will 
he for a fish give him a serpent? ... If ye then, being evil, know 
how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more 
shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask 

Worship. Here is a New Testament example of one who 
worshiped Jesus. Let us do the same. "Worthy is the Lamb 
that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and 
strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing." 

Mothers come by these good qualities somewhat easier that 
others, it seems. How thankful we should be for the virtues our 
godly mothers displayed and are displaying. — L.C. 


Who is dearer than our mothers? 
Who could take their place so true? 
Theirs is love surpassing others, 
Constant, free, and ever new. 

Yet a mother's love will fail us; 
Only God can see us through 
Doubts and fears that oft assail us; 
His is love beyond our due. 

God has given us dear mothers; 
Fathers, too, with steady arm. 
God's provision soon discovers 
Sin that tries to do us harm. 


So then stand with growing wisdom: 
Children favored more than others; 
Bear the cross and stand as Christians, 
Thankful for our loving mothers. — L.C. 


There are millions of people scattered over this world with 
different traditions, and yet all are human. Hundreds of 
nationalities and different colors of skin, and yet all have the 
same makeup— head, arms, legs. All claim to be from this or 
that country, but all from the same country in the beginning. 
All mankind have the same origin. Who was the ancestor of 
whom we are descendents? Adam? Yet he is only our mortal 
connection to our real beginning. For Adam was created by 
God, becoming the son of God, not as Christ is the Son of God, 
for Christ is one with God and came forth from heaven. But 
Adam was created from the dust of the earth by the hands of 
God, of whom we are all descendents. 

So what makes us Christian? Through our accepting that 
we are all descendents from Adam and therefore the 
descendents of God, are we Christians? Animals were formed 
by God also. They were given the breath of life, but the Bible 
does not say that the animals were made in God's image or 
given dominion over the earth as man was. It takes more than 
an acceptance of our origin to be called Christians. 

In the beginning man communicated with God face to face, 
and nothing was required other than to enjoy all that God had 
given. When sin entered the world 6000 years ago, it all 
changed. Man was banished from the beautiful Eden and 
instructed to till the earth in order to be nourished. Going from 
eating from the hand of God to being told to till the earth was 


quite a shock. What kind of God does a thing like that? A just 
and righteous God, in whom there was undoubtedly anguish at 
the sin of His creation. 

It didn't take long for man's ability to sin to show again. 
Cain slew his brother in a jealous rage, and from then on was 
punished by the mark of a murderer, Man was consumed with 
thoughts and intents of evil continually, so that the whole world 
was evil except one family, and God destroyed the world with a 
flood. We are not Christians by simply living to our own 

Finally God called Moses up to the mount of Sinai to 
receive the laws necessary to become God's people. At that 
very time the children of Israel were caught up in idolatry, so 
that 3000 had to pay the price of death. The law came to 
proclaim right and wrong and to condemn and punish evil. But 
again man proved, even with the law present among them, they 
could not remain faithful to God. The law pointed out our 
shortcomings but provided no salvation. We cannot become 
Christians by simply obeying a set of laws, because mankind is 
prone to sin and will then be condemned to die because of their 
failings. God made a much better way, and it is the only way 
we can truly become Christians in the sight of God. 

God knew that without His presence in our lives, we could 
never attain unto the perfection necessary to be like Him. He 
also knew that legalism condemns to judgment. If there were 
no better way, none could enter again into the Garden of Eden 
and walk with the Father of life. Then the Father sent Jesus to 
bear the cross and take upon Him the sin of the world. 
Through Jesus is the better way. God loved the world enough 
that He sent His only begotten Son into the world that all that 
believe on Him might have eternal life in Heaven. This, 
therefore, is the answer to what it takes to be a Christian, to 
start down the road to Heaven. 


We cannot by our own strength be saved— neither by the law 
nor by defining Christianity by legalism. There is only one way 
to have any hope of eternal bliss. We must come to the foot of 
the cross and look upon our dying Savior and say, "Lord, I 
believe that Thou art the Son of God that taketh away the sin of 
the world, and in Thy hand is the power to take away my sin. 
For whosoever believes on the Son of God shall not perish but 
have everlasting life. By admitting that we are sinners in need 
of grace, and looking to the One who is able to forgive, we are 
able to enter into the household of faith and be Christians. 

God sent His Son into the world to die in our place, and 
upon our belief, He gives us another gift, and this is where 
Christianity is truly defined and made known in the world. God 
knew that without His presence in our lives, we would not be 
able to keep ourselves in His will. So God gave us His Spirit to 
dwell within us that we might know His will. In this we are 
known, for His spirit is known in actions of love and kindness. 
The Spirit within us defines us, whether we love the Lord our 
God with all our heart and desire to do all that pleases our God. 
There is no better defining point of our lives than whether or 
not we are in tune with the Master, shown by the action and 
words of our lives. This is truly what defines whether or not an 
individual is a true Christian. 

Accepting Christ is the start, but we spend our lives learning 
and doing His will with the presence of His Spirit within us to 
lead the way. This identifies a true Christian. 

Condensed from a longer writing by 
John L, Beery 
Williamsport, Indiana 


May 19-20 Wakarusa, Indiana 
June 1, 2, & 3 Annual Meeting, Salida, California 
All are welcome to these meetings. Bring your friends. 


BUFORD LEE FLORA, youngest son of C. J. and Pauline 
Flora, was born May 30, 1943, in Piqua, Ohio. He departed 
this life peacefully in the early morning hours of March 27, 
2001, at the age of 57 years, 9 months, and 27 days. 

Buford grew up and attended school around the Gettysburg 
area. He helped his father with the farming and worked as a 
carpenter as a young man. 

On May 6, 1 967, he was united in marriage to Joan Miller. 
They walked life's pathways together for almost 34 years. In 
September, 1970, he, together with his companion accepted 
Christ as his Saviour and was baptized. He enjoyed sharing his 
faith with those he met. 

The family lived in several different localities over the years, 
making for a varied and interesting life. Wherever Buford was, 
he enjoyed nothing better than making new friends and visiting 
with old ones. 

Surviving with his wife are 4 sons: Greg (companion: 
Elisabeth), Derek (companion: Racine), Ryan and Kenton (at 
home); 4 daughters: Kim Beery (companion: Stephen), 
Suzanne Coning (companion: Thad), Martha Royer 
(companion: Merrill), and Rachel (at home); 14 grandchildren; 
2 half brothers: Raymond Flora and Hubert Flora; 3 half sisters: 
Juanita Sink, Virginia Peters and Ann Bowman; 2 brothers: 
Hollis and Wade; 4 sisters: Etta Mae Garber, Mildred 
Denlinger, Thelma Garber, and Lucille Bussey. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a stillborn son, 
Bradley Wayne; a sister Elda; a brother C. J. Jr.: and a half 
brother, Paul. 

The funeral was held March 27 with burial following in the 
Old Brethren cemetery beside the meetinghouse near Wakarusa, 


He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Even so, 
death was like a welcome friend which made it possible for our 
loved one to go on to his eternal reward. 

/ We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the 

ft loving support shown us during Buford's illness-all the prayers 

offered, the cards and letters we received, the acts of kindness, 

and the financial help. We thank you. 

The Family 


I'm not looking for the sunset 
As the swift years come and go; 
I am looking for the sunrise 
And the golden morning glow, 
Where the light of heaven's glory 
Will break forth upon my sight, 
In the land that knows no sunset 
Nor the darkness of the night. 

I'm not going down the pathway 

Toward the setting of the sun, 

Where the shadows ever deepen 

When the day at last is done; 

I am walking up the hillside 

Where the sunshine lights the way, 

To the glory of the sunrise 

Of God's never ending day. 

Author unknown Selected by Sharon Wells 

WAGNER - A son, Dylan Joseph, born February 13 to David 
and Mona Wagner of Liberty, Kentucky. 


O Sacred Head Now Wounded 

This hymn comes from a poem originally having seven 
sections, each focusing on a wounded part of the crucified 
Saviour's body: His feet, knees, hands, side, breast, heart, and 
head. It is attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux. 

Bernard was a nobleman by birth but gave up his life of 
luxury to follow Christ. He became a monk (Luther called him 
the best monk that ever lived,) The monastic life was often one 
of withdrawal. Monks had their own communities, which were 
largely self-sufficient. Thus they could work and pray in 
relative solitude, focusing exclusively on Jesus and His joy. But 
Bernard broke out of that system. If Jesus was going to "chase 
the dark night of sin away" and "shed o'er the world His holy 
light" as Bernard wrote in the hymn "Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving 
Hearts," He would surely use devoted Christians to do it. At 
the age of twenty-five, he was sent to start a new monastery in 
a place called the Valley of Wormwood. He and his followers 
changed the name to Clairvaux and transformed the desolate 
land, which had been a haunt for robbers, into a haven of 
blessing. Peasants were taught about agriculture and vine 
culture, and the valley began to blossom. Other monasteries 
were established and poverty-stricken areas revived— within his 
lifetime, 162 of them. 

Above all else, Bernard was a student of Scripture and a 
lover of Jesus Christ. In his own day he was know as a 
preacher and churchman; today he is remembered for his hymns 
of praise, 

O sacred Head, now wounded, 

With grief and shame weighed down, 

Now scornfully surrounded 

With thorns Thine only crown; 


sacred Head, what glory, 
What bliss till now was Thine! 
Yet, though despised and gory, 

1 joy to call Thee mine. 

Information from The One Year Book of Hymns, compiled and edited by Robert K. Brown and 
Mark R. Norton @ 1995. Devotions written by William J. Petersen. Used by permission of 
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. 

Jean Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 


I entered once a home of care, 

For age and penury were there, 

Yet peace and joy withal; 

I asked the lonely mother whence 

Her helpless widowhood's defence, 

She told me, "Christ is all" 

Christ is all, all in all; 

She told me, "Christ was all." 

I stood beside a dying bed, 

Where lay a child with aching head, 

Waiting for Jesus' call; 

I marked his smile, 'twas sweet as May, 

And as his spirit passed away, 

He whispered, "Christ is all." 

Christ is all, all in all; 

He whispered, "Christ is all." 

I saw the martyr at the stake, 

The flames could not his courage shake, 

Nor death his soul appall; 


I asked him whence his strength was given- 
He looked triumphantly to heaven, 
And answered, "Christ is all." 
Christ is all, all in all; 
And answered, "Christ is all." 

I saw the gospel herald go 

To Afric's sand and Greenland's snow, 

To save from Satan's thrall: 

Nor home nor life he counted dear, 

Midst wants and perils owned no fear, 

He felt that, "Christ is all." 

Christ is all, all in all; 

He felt that "Christ is all" 

I dreamed that hoary time had fled, 
And earth and sea gave up their dead, 
A fire dissolved this ball; 
I saw the church's ransomed throng, 
I heard the burden of their song, 
Twas "Christ is all in all." 
Christ is all, all in all; 
Twas "Christ is all in all." 

Then come to Christ, come today, 
The Father, Son, and Spirit say; 
The Bride repeats the call; 
For He will cleanse your guilty stains, 
His love will soothe your weary pains, 
For "Christ is all in all." 
Christ is all, all in all; 
For "Christ is all in all." 

W. A. Williams From Spiritual Songs and Hymns 



The Master was searching for a vessel to use; 
Before Him were many; which one would He choose? 

"Take me," cried the gold one, "I'm shiny and bright. 

I'm of great value, and I do things just right. 

My beauty and luster will outshine the rest, 

And for someone like You, Master, gold would be best." 

The Master passed on with no work at all 

And looked at a silver urn, narrow and tall; 

"I'll serve You, dear Master, I'll pour out Your wine, 

I'll be on Your table whenever You dine! 

My lines are so graceful, my carvings so true, 

And silver will always compliment You," 

Unheeding, the Master passed on to the brass, 
Wide-mouthed and shallow, and polished like glass. 
"Here! Here!" cried the vessel, "I know I will do, 
Place me on Your table for all men to view." 

"Look at me," cried the goblet of crystal so clear, 
"My transparency show my contents so clear. 
Though fragile am I, I will serve You with pride, 
And I'm sure I'll be happy in Your house to abide." 

The Master came next to a vessel of wood, 
Polished and carved, it solidly stood. 
"You can use me, dear Master," the wooden bowl said, 
"But I'd rather you use me for fruit, not for bread.". 

The Master looked down and saw a vessel of clay, 
Empty and broken it helplessly lay. 


No hope had the vessel, that the Master might choose 
To cleanse and make whole, to fill and to use. 

"Ah! This is the vessel I've been hoping to find. 

Ill mend it and use it and make it all Mine. 

I need not the vessel with pride of its self, 

Not one that is narrow to sit on the shelf; 

Not one that is big-mouthed and shallow and loud, - 

Not one that displays his contents so proud; 

Not one that thinks he can do all things just right, 

But this plain, earthly vessel, filled with power and might." 

Then gently He lifted the vessel of clay, 
Mended and cleansed it, and filled it that day. 
Spoke to it kindly, "There's work you must do: 
Just pour out and serve others, as I pour into you." 

Author unknown 
Selected by Sharon Miller 


The Great Chain 

Men said that the old smith was foolishly careful as he 
wrought on the great chain he was making in his dingy shop in 
the heart of a large city. But he heeded not their words and 
only wrought with greater painstaking. Link after link he 
fashioned, and welded, and finished, and at last the great chain 
was completed. 

Years passed. One night there was a terrible storm, and a 
ship was in sore peril of being dashed upon the rocks. Anchor 
after anchor was dropped, but none of them held. At last the 
mighty sheet anchor was cast into the sea, and the old chain 


unwound and ran out until it grew taut. All watched to see if it 
would bear the strain. It sank in the wild storm as the vessel 
surged upon it. It was a moment of intense anxiety. The ship 
with its cargo of a thousand lives depended upon this one chain. 
What now if the old smith had wrought carelessly even one link 
of his chain? But he had put skill and thoroughness into every 
part of it, and it stood the test, holding the ship in safety until 
the storm was over. 

Foundation Stones of Success, 1917 
Selected from The Christian School Builder 


Kind Kimberly 

"Kimberly, come play with us, please," begged Monroe, 
tugging on his big sister's arm. "We need more people than just 
Jake, Mason, and me. Come, pretty-please with honey on top," 
he pled. 

Kimberly looked longingly after the three cousins her age 
who were going out to the playhouse. She hated to miss a 
minute with them, but Monroe's begging made her kind heart 
want to help these four-year-old boys have a good time, too. 
She went with Monroe to the fenced yard and began to push 
Jake, Mason, and Monroe on the swings. They laughed 
happily, so Kimberly kept pushing each one in turn. 

When they tired of swinging, she helped them play Ring- 
Around-the- Rosie, but she kept looking toward the playhouse, 
wishing the other girls would come play with her and the boys. 

And then, the playhouse door burst open and three seven- 
year-old girls came running toward Kimberly. "We'll play with 
you and the boys," they yelled. "It's no fun in the playhouse 
without you." 

"Oh, good!" Kimberly said. "Now we can all have fun and 
be together." 

"Yes! Yes! Yes!" the little boys shouted. "What fun to 
have the girls play with us!" 

When it was time to wash their hands before eating the 
good supper their mothers had ready, Aunt Miriam laid her 
hand on Kimberly's shoulder, leaned down, and quietly 
whispered, "I saw you playing with the little boys, Kimberly, 
and I know you would have rather been in the playhouse with 
the girls. Thank you for being so kind. I know you'll go to bed 
happy tonight." 

Kimberly was happy when she went to bed. She was 
thinking how kind Aunt Miriam was. Then she thought how 
kind the other girls were to come and play with her and the 

God's Word tells us, "And be ye kind one to another, 
tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's 
sake hath forgiven you" (Eph. 4:32) Sometimes, to be kind 
means giving up something we want very much to do. But God 
knows it will make us happy every time we do it. 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 



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"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 


O Breath of Life, come sweeping through us, 
Revive Thy Church with life and power; 
O Breath of Life, come, cleanse, renew us, 
And fit Thy Church to meet this hour. 

O Wind of God, come bend us, break us, 
Till humbly we confess our need; 
Then in Thy tenderness remake us; 
Revive, restore, for this we plead. 

O Breath of Love, come breathe within us, 
Renewing thought and will and heart; 
Come, Love of Christ, afresh to win us, 
Revive Thy Church in every part. 

Heart of Christ, once broken for us, 
'Tis there we find our strength and rest; 
Our broken, contrite hearts now solace, 
And let Thy waiting Church be blest. 

Revive us, Lord! Is zeal abating 
While harvest fields are vast and white? 
Revive us, Lord, the world is waiting; 
Equip Thy Church to spread the light. 

Bessie P. Head in Victorious Christian Service 

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Resting in the shade, I noticed the variety of plants that 
make up my pasture. Possible twenty-five different grasses and 
weeds were competing for space, moisture, and nutrients. They 
reminded me of people. Here were the thorny blackberry 
shoots sneaking in wherever there was enough moisture. Over 
there were a couple of proud mulleins with large fuzzy leaves. 
The aromatic fennel was trying to take over and was fairly 
successful as the cows will not touch it. Fox tails, edible when 
young, had lost their virtue and could only pretend to look 
something like good grain. Thistles, too, made a show with 
their wild beauty. 

But in between the obnoxious weeds and thorns grew the 
better, more useful plants, the grasses and clovers. They were 
there but not flourishing because they had been cropped down 
by the hungry cattle. They were like Paul, spending and being 
spent for the good of others. 

God's people are also there, quietly serving among the 
people of the world. The big difference from the plant kingdom 
is, of course, the choice that people have and plants have not. 
Jesus drew good lessons from His creation: the wheat and the 
tares, the sowing and reaping, the trees, leaves, branches, fruit 
and seeds. 

We would like to focus on those good and useful plants- 
the planting of the Lord. Why are they what they are? They 
don't usually win in competition for worldly things and favors. 
They aren't basically "better" than others; they are declared 
sinners like all the rest. But the difference: they have been 
redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb Christ Jesus. This 
redemption is available to the "thorny blackberry," the "proud 


mullein/' and the "repulsive fennel." People are the objects of 
God's love, and He is not willing that any should perish, but that 
all should come to repentance. 

After the blood of Jesus was given on Calvary's cross for 
the salvation of men, God provided also for the preserving and 
the persevering of His saints. On the ancient feast of Pentecost, 
God sent His Holy Spirit to guide His people. This Holy Spirit 
is responsible for the difference of those who are God's 
planting. The sweet juices and nutritious qualities of the grasses 
and clovers are not by accident and not given at random. God 
has a purpose in placing useful followers of Christ and enabling 
them to serve in His Kingdom. How does this happen? God's 
Spirit is powerful. He can live in people who are yielded to 
Him~committed to Jesus Christ. The weakness of these 
followers becomes strength that God can use. They qualify for 
the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the resulting fruit. 

One of the most vivid examples of the power and operation 
of the Spirit is the apostles of Jesus Christ. Before Pentecost 
they were competing, questioning, controlling, and doubting. 
Typical of humanity, they wanted the highest honor, the place 
closest to Jesus in His glory. They questioned Jesus' judgment 
when He would receive the children or bless the Gentile 
seekers. They doubted when He plainly told them He would 
soon suffer, die, and be raised from the dead in Jerusalem. 
When Jesus was arrested they all ran. 

But after they were filled with the Spirit, they became bold, 
fearless, and willing followers. They obediently went forth into 
the world with the Gospel of salvation. 

Oh, but those were chosen men, apostles of Jesus. We are 
weak ordinary plants-shaded and crowded out by aggressive 
opponents. No, the Holy Spirit is just as able today. He still 
points us to Jesus and enables us to follow Him and be like 
Him. He still gives power to boldly, fearlessly testify to a needy 
world, hostile though they may be. He still presents evidence of 


God's goodness and urges us to act on this evidence as we 
heard recently in a sermon. 

The fruit of God's Holy Spirit is vitally needed in the world 
today. Sure, we are ordinary people in the pasture of God's 
world. Sure, there are those more showy and those with sharp 
thorns competing for space. But God proposes by His grace to 
produce in ordinary people the love, joy, peace, longsufFering, 
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance which 
are fruits in great demand on the market in our time. Let us be, 
by the Spirit of God and the grace of our Lord Jesus, useful, 
nutritious plants, willing to spend and be spent for the glory of 
God and the benefit of His people. --L.C. 


The forty days that Jesus was with His chosen apostles and 
disciples after His resurrection was probably one of the most 
important periods of His earthly ministry. Acts 1:3-8 says that 
during this time He through the Holy Ghost gave 
commandments unto the apostles whom He had chosen; 
showing Himself alive by many infallible proofs and speaking to 
them of things pertaining to the kingdom of God. 

The apostle Peter refers to this in Acts 10:40-43, where he 
says, "Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; 
Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, 
even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from 
the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, 
and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the 
Judge of quick and dead." Paul also says in Acts 13:30-31, 
"But God raised him from the dead: And he was seen many 
days of them which came up with him from Galilee to 
Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people." And in I 
Cor. 15:4-6, "And that he was buried, and that he rose again the 


third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of 
Cephas, then of the twelve: After that he was seen of above 
five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain 
unto this present (about thirty years after His resurrection), but 
some are fallen asleep. 1 ' 

And so in Acts 1:21-22 the apostle Peter says, "Wherefore 
of these men which have companied with us all the time that the 
Lord Jesus went in and out among us, Beginning from the 
baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up 
from «5, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his 

These Scriptures show how thoroughly trained and qualified 
the apostles were to carry out the great commission which Jesus 
gave to them. (Matt. 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8) 

It has been asserted by some that Peter with the rest of the 
eleven apostles acted hastily and without divine authority in 
appointing Matthias to fill the vacancy left by Judas. But in 
view of the fact that Jesus was with them those forty days, 
speaking of things pertaining to the kingdom of God, and 
through the Holy Ghost gave them commandments, it is far 
more consistent and reasonable to believe that He instructed 
them to do the very thing which they did. And so when the day 
of Pentecost was come, the apostleship was complete, and the 
full number of twelve were present and received the baptism of 
the Holy Ghost. 

In view of the fact that the apostles subsequently wrote the 
New Testament, it is highly probable that they were also 
instructed by Jesus during those forty days to do so. Therefore 
we read in Eph. 2:20, "And are built upon the foundation of the 
apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief 
corner stone." 

Thus we see that the apostles' office was permanent. They 
have no successors. They completed the work which was given 


them to do. They went and brought forth fruit, and their fruit 
remains. (John 15) 

Before Jesus left them to ascend again to heaven, He prayed 
to the Father in their behalf, "Sanctify them through thy truth: 
thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so 
have I also sent them into the world. . . Neither pray I for these 
alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their 

The words of the apostles are with the church permanently 
in the New Testament Scriptures. It is the permanent testimony 
of those who were witnesses of all that Jesus did and taught: of 
His baptism, His miracles, His ministry, His death, resurrection 
and ascension again to the Father. 

There are churches which presume to elect men as 
successors to the apostolic office with authority equal to theirs, 
and the Church of Rome even claims to have a Vicar of Jesus 
Christ. But if this were true, the New Testament would ever be 
subject to revision and amendment, and consequently there 
would be no foundation upon which our faith could rest. 

"To whom he shewed himself alive after his passion by 
many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and 
speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God." 
What wonderful things they had seen and heard! No wonder 
they could speak with power. No wonder they had no fear of 
men of death. What if men should put them to death? Jesus 
had been dead and was alive and ascended into heaven; and they 
had seen Him go. And then they were baptized and filled with 
the Holy Ghost. But before His ascension, He had been with 
them forty days after His resurrection and speaking to them of 
things pertaining to the kingdom—not of this world, but of God. 
He had said to them, "Blessed be ye poor for yours is the 
kingdom of heaven," and, "To you it is given to know the 
mysteries of the kingdom of heaven," and, "He that liveth and 
believeth in me shall never die." 


What did He say to them about the kingdom during those 
forty days? The apostles wrote many things about the kingdom, 
but there may have been things revealed that were never 
written. The apostle John says, "And many other signs truly did 
Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in 
this book. But these are written, that ye might believe that 
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might 
have life through his name." (John 21:30-3 1) No doubt He told 
them more about the Church than what He had previously said 
in Matt 16:18-19. 

When Jesus appeared in glory on the Mount of 
Transfiguration, there appeared with Him Moses and Elias, 
speaking with Him of His decease which He should accomplish 
at Jerusalem. But we have no record of what they said. 
However, this shows conclusively that Moses and Elias had an 
interest in His atonement. 

What the apostles wrote was with assurance and power, 
because they had been eyewitnesses of His Majesty and all that 
He did; of His death, His resurrection, and glory and ascension. 
As said before, it is highly probable that Jesus instructed them 
to write what they did and to gather together the writings which 
were to compose the New Testament as a guide to future 

So may we thank God for the New Testament Scriptures 
(as well as the Old) written by inspired men who were chosen 
of the Lord for their work, who were with Him forty days after 
His resurrection and received commandment from Him through 
the Holy Ghost to promulgate His gospel to the ends of the 

--Daniel F. Wolf 
Reprinted from the May, 1958, Pilgrim 

As parents, we hurt or heal more with our words than with 
anything else. Selected by a reader. 



The following account is of the baptism of my father, 
Joseph I. Cover, written by his brother, Uncle James. The 
setting is Michigan and the date 1907. It is from a longer 
Meriting called Michigan Memories. --L.C. 

We were taught in our home never to speak lightly of 
sacred things. The seriousness of baptism was impressed on us 
early in life. Baptisms were high spots in church life: a time for 
uniting of hearts and reaffirmation of faith. All who could, 
went, of course. Usually it took place in some pasture in a 
stream or lake. This time, the Lord, being merciful, had shown 
our brother Joseph, the oldest of seven children, his need of a 
Saviour, and this was the day of his baptism. 

He had wept as he confessed his need in the "family 
worship" circle. As I (his junior by eight years) had always 
idolized him as my "big brother," I could not understand why he 
thought that he was so bad. I had always thought otherwise. 

A small boy's admiration of big brother always watched and 
was ready for encouragement. When he was chosen to stack 
straw at the end of the old time thresher, the small boy was no 
doubt the more proud of the two. When the straw carrier broke 
and big brother called them to stop, and one of the men said, 
"Bless the boy," it seemed wonderful to have such an important 

Then there were cold nights when we laid "spoon-fashion" 
in bed to keep warm. Here I was drilled in the alphabet and 
later in the multiplication tables. Our papa liked to see us 
together and planned accordingly. Big brother cut the wood, I 
carried it in; he led the animals to water while I pumped; I drove 
for him while he cultivated. He was always a ready doctor for 
all my small ills. 


Sitting in the family circle while he wept, we children all felt 
"shook up" inside. I'm sure we all felt the same. If he had 
sinned, how about us? However, we were all praying children 
(we prayed at bedtime, kneeling at our beds, each taking turns 
according to age, repeating the time-honored prayer of 
childhood, "Now I lay me down to sleep, . ."), and did not 
question matters we felt were the concern of our parents. A 
sweet sacredness settled upon our home. 

Our church group was admittedly strict. We knew 
something of the past struggles to get away from infant 
baptism. The brethren would ask the applicant for baptism, "Is 
this your choice?" The church rules were given and accepted. 
Individual and group responsibilities were taken on as a matter 
of course. 

We children instinctively grew in his experience. We knew 
his sincerity. He was starting his manhood in open acceptance 
of the Christian faith, with the Bible as the inspired Word of 
God; knowing too he was setting an example for the rest of us. 

There is nothing quite like Christian baptism outdoors in a 
flowing stream. We who have had this experience should be 
truly thankful. Of course, all who have taken this step of faith 
in following their Lord should treasure those precious moments 
associated with their first love and obedience to Christ. 

Someone had to go ahead to open and close the gate, where 
we left the road to follow some old half-forgotten trail through 
the bushes. Clouds of mosquitos awaited in the shadows, and 
om tried to tie his horse in the sunlight. Turtles and frogs 
blissfully sunning on the river bank and fallen logs promptly 
dived into the depths below. Noisy birds quieted to watch from 
some aerial perch. Grazing cows kept a respectful distance, the 
bells on their necks telling their whereabouts; a distant dog's 
bark showed he knew something unusual was happening. Small 
boys looked for flat stones to skip on the water, but were 
quickly restrained. 


There was singing, perhaps the old favorite: 

In all my Lord's appointed ways 

My journey 111 pursue. 

Hinder me not, ye much loved saints, 

For I must go with you. 
Portions of Matthew 18 were read and commented upon, and 
then all knelt in prayer "down by the riverside." The baptizer 
first waded in to find a suitable place, pushing in a stick to mark 
the place. The applicant was then immersed according to Bible 

There were tears of joy and fond embraces on the shore of 
the river. Time seemed to stand still as eternity's values were 
"written with an iron pen and lead in the rock forever." The die 
was cast and there was no turning back. Happy hearts rejoiced 
with the angels in heaven. 

There is joy among the angels, 

And their harps with gladness ring 

When a sinner comes, repenting, 

Bending low before the King. 
Tiny water skaters, their thread-like knees akimbo, came 
back to glide over the sacred spot. Wild things resumed their 
daily activities. Soon the last buggy left, and there was nothing 
to show we had been there but our tracks on the shore. 

In much appreciation, James Cover 

All the water in the world, 
However hard it tried, 
Could never sink a single ship 
Unless it got inside. 

All the evil in the world, 

The wickedness and sin, 

Can never sink your soul to doom 

Unless you let it in. -Selected 



Time is filled with swift transition, 
Naught of earth unmoved can stand. . . 
Hold to God's unchanging hand. 

The special relationship between a father and daughter 
evolves and revolves as the clock of life ticks out the times and 
seasons. The unfolding of the swift transition is as much an 
adjustment for the father as it is for his daughter. 

A baby's first cries, an infant's first attempts to smile, to 
reach out, are exciting moments which a new father shares with 
his wife. In the joy of the moment, he scarcely realizes the 
responsibilities that are entwined in the tiny arms reaching out 
to him. Time is beating, and soon the infant is an inquisitive 

"Daddy, will you push me on the swing?" 

"Daddy, will you take me sledding?" 

"Daddy, will you read me a Bible story?" 

To these and the countless requests of childhood, Daddy 
answers cheerfully, "Yes, my child. I will help you." 

School days begin. A little girl's world has revolved around 
Father and Mother, but now it is enlarged to include other 
friends. There are now other adults to whom she will give the 
same respect and devotion that was taught (or neglected) at 
home. She depends on her father for advice, answers, and 

"Dad, will you drive us on our field trip?" 

"Dad, may our class visit our farm?" 

"Dad, do you know how to do this math?" 

Through adolescent years, Dad patiently and kindly helps to 
smooth the way. In busy times, father and daughter have 
scarcely been aware of the change in their relationship. Watch 


carefully, Father. Speak thoughtfully. Allow room for the 
wings to unfold. As you watch the early steps to maturity, 
some glad moment you will hear: "Mom and Dad, I'm sorry 
that I haven't always wanted to listen to you. Can you forgive 
me? Will you pray with me?" 

Humbly Father takes the hand that has trusted in his own 
and teaches his daughter to trust in the heavenly Father's 
guiding hand. 

"Dad, I'll soon be sixteen. Will you take me to get my 

"Dad, I want to invite some friends over." 

"Dad, may I have the car, please?" 

In the teenage years, Dad fills the gas tank, gives words of 
caution, and watches with an anxious care as his daughter's 
circle of interest and work continues to grow. 

"Dad, I think this is the one whom the Lord has for me, but 
it's kind of scary. You and Mom like him, don't you?" 

Father's heart is both happy and sad as he realizes the 
importance of his approval. Graciously he encourages his 
daughter to give her love and devotion to another. 

"Dad and Mom, may we leave the children here for a few 

"Dad, we need your advice. This looks like a big step." 

The parent-child relationship which was bonded through 
love and caring is now between adults. But alas, time is 
relentless. Gradually (or perhaps suddenly) the roles are being 

"Mom, isn't Dad well? Do you need help? We're praying 
for you." 

"Dad, here is your medicine. Take a drink with it. Do you 
want the children to sing? We love you, you know." 

The hands of the clock have nearly completed the circle. As 
twilight descends, the daughter and her family are giving Father 


and Grandpa the care, love, patience, understanding, and 
prayers which he so lovingly gave in the years now gone. 

By Mary Ann (Baker) Martin 
In Letters from Home Used by permission 


How high are you? Where is your thinking done? 
Close to the earth or upward toward the sun? 
Do petty things absorb your every thought? 
The game, the latest crime, what's sold or bought? 
Do noble deeds and lives inspire your zeal? 
Or are you more concerned about a meal? 
The answer marks your measure as a man. 

How broad are you? Where does your good will end? 

Does race or creed determine who's your friend? 

To snapshot judgment do you cling with pride? 

Or can you listen to the other side? 

Quick to condemn? Do you reach for the rod 

Or do you leave the chastening to God? 

How loyal is your heart to all mankind? 

The answer marks the broadness of a mind. 

How deep are you? Where does your honor start? 
Is it foundationed in your inward heart? 
Is virtue but a mere conventional thing 
To be forgot when taking a wild fling? 
Have you the courage to your course abide 
And stand for right though on the losing side? 
Who walks with Christ throughout life's little span 
Will always meet God's measure of a man. 
Selected—Author unknown 


When God wants to drill a man, 
And thrill a man, 
And skill a man, 

When God wants to mold a man 
To play the noblest part; 
When He yearns with all His heart 
To create so great and bold a man 
That all the world shall be amazed 
Watch His methods, watch His ways! 
How He ruthlessly perfects 
Whom He royally elects! 
How He hammers him and hurts him, 
And with mighty blows converts him 
Into trial shapes of clay which 
Only God understands; 
While his tortured heart is crying 
And he lifts beseeching hands! 
How He bends but never breaks 
When his good He undertakes; 
How He uses whom He chooses, 
And with every purpose fuses him; 
By every act induces him 
To try His splendor out- 
God knows what He's about. 
From The Disciplines of Life by V. Raymond Edman 

CHILDREN'S PAGE: Generous Jenny 

"The earthquake left one million people homeless," Mother 
told the family at the supper table. "In El Salvador, many 
people live in small adobe (mud-brick) homes. The earthquake 


shook those houses hard enough to crumble their walls and 
make the roofs cave in. At other places, houses were buried by 
rocks and dirt falling down the mountainsides. If any of those 
people escaped, it was only with the clothes they were wearing.. 
Everything else is lost. 

"Now those million people have no shelter from the 
weather. Some have no bed or mattress, or even a blanket, to 
sleep on. Of course they don't have food or money to buy food. 
Just think, children, if you had no comb, soap, toothbrush or 
toothpaste, how would you feel?" 

"I'd like that!" John said. "Then I wouldn't have to brush 
my teeth every morning." 

"I'm afraid you'd begin to wish you could brush your teeth 
after awhile," Mother answered. "Of course, you wouldn't get 
anything to eat very often, so maybe you wouldn't need to brush 
your teeth. Would you like that?" 

"Mother, this fried chicken supper is so good, but I'll just 
eat one piece of chicken and half of my potatoes. Then we can 
send the rest of my chicken and potatoes to a hungry child in El 
Salvador. Okay?" Jenny offered. 

Mother smiled at Jenny and said, "That's very generous of 
you, Jenny, but we can't send food that's ready to eat that far. 
It would be spoiled till it got there." 

"But how can we help them get food to eat?" Jenny asked. 
"I want to help them." 

"Well, let me think a bit," Mother said. "Daddy do you 
have any ideas?" 

"Usually, to help poor people in other countries, we have to 
give money to some organization that will use the money to buy 
food and get it to the people," Daddy told them. "So if you 
children want to help these Salvadoran people by giving some 
of your money, Mother and I will find where we can send it." 

"Oh, I remember now," Mother said. We did get a notice 
from a Christian organization today in the mail. They are 

asking for money to help the earthquake victims in El 

"Let me send them my money, Mother. Please, may I?" 
Jenny begged. "I have nine dollars and twenty-five cents. 
That'll buy lots of fried chicken and mashed potatoes, won't it? 
It's all I have, or I'd give lots more." 

"You may send your money, Jenny," Mother told her. 
"Every dollar helps to feed the hungry, and God loves a cheerful 
giver, no matter how much they can give. How about you, 

"I'll give two dollars," said John. "I only have five dollars, 
and I might want some ice cream when we go to town this 
summer. " 

"Mother and I will send money along with yours, children, 
and that way our family can help feed several people," Daddy 
said. "We need to be thankful that God has blessed us so we 
can help others." 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 

































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"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 


As pilgrims and strangers we journey through life, 
Thro' sunshine and shadow, thro' calm and thro' strife, 
Each day we are scattering seed as we go, 
Someday 'twill be harvest— "we reap what we sow." 

Though weary and worn and alone in your way, 
And stormclouds are gath'ring, and dark is your day; 
Weep not, toiling one, neither faint as you go; 
The harvest is nearing~"we reap what we sow." 

Though life may appear as a cold, barren waste, 
And comes no return of the bread you have cast, 
Continue to do loving deeds as you go; 
The harvest is nearing— "we reap what we sow." 

Well reap what we sow when the harvest is come; 
Someday we shall garner the deeds we have done. 
Then heed not the storm nor the cold winds that blow; 
Toil on till the harvest— "we reap what we sow." 

Charles E. Orr 

#583 in The Christian Hymnal 

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The wind was in our faces as we approached the edge of a 
steep bank descending one hundred feet down to the foamy 
water of the Pacific. We had to think of the possibility of 
falling—of walking too near the edge, losing balance, and 
plunging to the rocks and water below. Peering down we saw 
some vegetation and delicate flowers blooming, hanging 
valiantly to the sparse soil between the rocks. They were 
seldom seen. No one could enjoy their fragrance and few could 
appreciate the beauty that matched the finest in flower shops. 
They just bloomed where God had placed them. 

I had to think: "Could I be content with a similar spot to 
serve?" We are all born into this world without a choice in the 
matters of where, how, when, in what condition. But we are 
given the choice of how we will respond to the environment 
God has provided for us. It is a matter of pride versus humility, 
of contentment or restlessness. How we like to be recognized, 
and to have our actions appreciated! 

We see Jesus as the answer to all of our problems including 
pride, restlessness, or discontent. Until we rest in Him, we 
wander in a world that has no final meaning. 

In reading the ten commandments, my attention was drawn 
to the fourth that has been a subject of controversy to many. 
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." Throughout the 
ages and experiences of Israel, they have carefully kept this 
commandment. To outwardly observe the letter regarding the 
sabbath does not require a converted heart. But the writer of 
Hebrews tells us we are to labor to enter into another rest. The 
rest in Jesus Christ when we cease from our own works is what 
the Old Testament sabbath symbolized. When we are born 


again and have the divine nature, we become what God has in 
mind for His people: rest in Him. The schoolmaster has served 
his purpose; we are no longer children of the bondwoman; that 
which decay eth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. (Heb. 
8:13) We are under the new covenant. The Lord's Day when 
Jesus rose from the dead is now our day of worship. 

I briefly outline our beliefs about the sabbath simply to point 
out the blessed rest in Jesus Christ. He invites, "Come unto me, 
all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." 
This then is the relief— the only relief— from our discontent and 
restlessness. When we rest in Him, we can serve willingly 
wherever He places us. We are free from our own works; pride 
loses its strangle hold on our affections. We can humble 
ourselves under the mighty hand of God and let Him lift us up. 

Pride in the heart brought more condemnation from the 
Lord Jesus than any other sin. It was the sin of the Pharisees 
and scribes. Someone has remarked that "Ecclesiastical pride is 
the worst kind." I believe this is true because it is so 
contradictory. The faith of Jesus Christ shows us what we are- 
how needy of the Saviour. When our "religion" makes us 
proud, it is not the teaching of Jesus. 

The Bible says, "Pride goeth before a fall. . ." and ". . .be 
clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth 
grace to the humble." Our clothing is what people see when 
they look at us. If we are clothed with humility, it shows. Even 
the outward clothing recommended to members of the Brethren 
church is not showy. It does not include a flashy necktie or 
bright colored, attention-getting dresses. When we wear 
clothing that says "look at me," we are not clothed with 
humility. On the other hand, we can wear very plain clothes 
and have a very proud appearance. From this would we 
conclude that if our heart is right, it doesn't matter what we 
wear? No, to have a humble heart and wear proud clothing 
would be a contradiction. The Saviour said, "Either make the 


tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and 
his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O 
generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? 
for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." 
(Mat. 12:33,34) This passage is particularly about our words, 
but we show what is in our hearts by what we do as well as 
what we say. Jesus said, "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and 
do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46) 

In reading the account of David and Goliath, we see some 
interesting differences compare to our experience. After David 
killed Goliath and cut off his head, he carried that head and 
appeared before King Saul with it in his hand. We think, "How 
gruesome! Was he just drawing attention and showing pride in 
his victory?" No, David gave the glory to God. In absolute 
confidence in God, he told Saul, "The Lord that delivered me 
out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he 
will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine." He also 
declared to Goliath, "This day will the Lord deliver thee into 
mine hand. . . that all the earth may know that there is a God in 
Israel." It was Goliath that was proud and boastful, and "defied 
the armies of the living God." In spite of David's gory show of 
victory, I believe God wants us and all ages to know how 
dangerous it is to exalt ourselves against God and be lifted up 
with pride. Truly, "Pride goeth before a fall." 

How good it is to rest in Jesus Christ and just bloom where 
we are planted! What joy to let God decide how and where we 
will serve and who will notice! How restful to seek God's will 
in every decision—even in the small choices as when we go to 
buy clothes. May our pride be crushed and God's glory shine 
through in our lives. — L.C. 


"Father, where shall I work today?" 
And my love flowed warm and free; 


Then He pointed out a humble spot, 
And said, 'Tend that for me." 

I answered quickly, "Oh no, not that. 
Why no one would ever see, 
No matter how well my work was done; 
Not that little place for me." 

And the word He spoke, it was not stern, 

He answered me tenderly, 

"Ah, little one, search that heart of thine, 

Art thou working for them, or Me? 

Nazareth was a little place, 

And so was Galilee." 



God made man in His very likeness and image, with a pure 
and holy nature. The fruit of this creation would have included 
love, joy, peace, longsuffering, etc. Our fore parents sinned 
which brought death. Mankind lost that close communion and 
fellowship with his Maker. Sin puts a barrier between God and 
man. We do not read very far into Genesis until we see 
corruption on every hand. It grieved God that He even made 
man. Cain murdered his brother Abel. Sin, violence, and 
immoral conduct filled the earth. As we read through the Bible, 
we see God calling men to repentance and to return unto Him. 
The few that were faithful had close fellowship and communion 
with their Maker, and they were persecuted for their faith. 
God's Holy Spirit guided them. 

Dear reader, we are now at the end of the age with the same 
problems plaguing mankind. Satan is still doing his deceitful 
work. Either we are deceived by Satan's lies, or we 


are born again by God's Holy Spirit and love. Before we can 
understand true love, we must be born again. And before we 
can be born again, we must see our own sinfulness and carnal 
nature. We must keep first things first, and understand that 
unless God's Holy Spirit is guiding us, we fail 

To love God with all our heart, mind, strength, and soul is 
the first and greatest of all commandments. Second is to love 
our neighbor as ourselves. Until these commandments are 
obeyed and kept in their proper order, we cannot expect close 
communion and fellowship with our Maker. 

There are hundreds of churches that make covenants among 
themselves. But if they are not keeping first things first, 
covenanting with God in Christ Jesus to live faithful unto death; 
if they are not fearing God, and worshiping in spirit and in truth, 
loving and obeying their Master, it will not stand the test of 
time. In all things Christ must have the preeminence. "He that 
loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this 
world shall keep it unto life eternal." "And this is life eternal, 
that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, 
whom thou hast sent." If we say we know Him, and walk in 
darkness (I John 1:6), do not keep His word (I John 2:4), and 
have not His love (I John 2:9), the Word says we lie and do not 
the truth. 

We must see sin as God sees it (exceeding sinful) and 
understand that all unrighteousness is sin! This will motivate us 
in the path of holiness, purity of heart, and a hungering and 
thirsting after righteousness. Yes, we all come short and fail 
many times, but "He that shall endure unto the end (keeps 
pressing on that upward way), the same shall be saved." 


True love cares! True love has a burden for those out of 
the way! Tme love does not get bitter, angry, envious, 
resentful, unmerciful, or judgmental. Jesus looked over 
Jerusalem and wept. They were His own people. He said, 


"How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a 
hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!" 
(Luke 13:34) Yes, Jesus cares; He would protect; He would 
nourish. The carnal man seeks to please men ahead of God. 
True love seeks the honour that comes from God alone. Jesus 
said, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one 
another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." 
How did Jesus love us? He loved us so much that while we 
were yet sinners, He died for us. Yes, beloved, true love has a 
burden that all men would be saved, and looks for every 
opportunity to help some poor soul. Jesus was separate from 
sinners. He did not live in sin or condone it. Yet, He had a 
deep compassion for sinners. He was accused of being a friend 
to sinners. Because He had true love, a deep spiritual love, and 
saw the value of a soul, He made a great sacrifice for the lost, 
yes, for us, beloved. 

True love has power. Suspicion and mistrust are 
detrimental to helping someone. To be harsh and cold does not 
have a drawing effect upon anyone. We need to learn more 
about mercy and compassion, that divine love that can only be 
understood when one is born from above. Jesus came to seek 
and to save those that were lost. Paul said, "I am a debtor to all 
men." He would have done almost anything to help his 
brethren, even in giving up his own life. One soul is worth 
more than the whole world. Yet it seems we labor so hard for 
the perishing things. Life is like a sea: men are drowning and 
perishing in their sins. O that God would put a burden on our 
souls for the lost. Jesus said, "Go into the highways and 
hedges, and compel them to come in that my house may be 
filled." (Luke 14:23) 

The Bible teaches: "Honour all men!" Honour means to put 
value upon. The Word teaches that if a man comes into your 
assembly with a gold ring in goodly apparel and you say, "Sit 
thou here in a good place," but a poor man in vile raiment 


comes in, and you say, "Sit thou here under my footstool," are 
you not partial and become judges of evil thoughts? "Hearken, 
my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this 
world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath 
promised to them that love him?" God puts value upon every 
soul. He suffered for the sins of all. If we have His Spirit, we 
also will have the same concerns. 

We read in I Tim. 2 that prayers, intercessions, and giving 
of thanks should be made for all men, for kings and those in 
authority. And then in verse 4, it says that God will have all 
men to be saved. Here is clear teaching for a burden for the 
lost. If we were praying for our enemies, and doing good to 
those who despiteflilly use us; if we were interceding and 
pleading to God for precious souls, would it not help us in the 
way of true love? Look at the mess this sin sick world is in. 
Because of the sin nature, men inflict suffering and pain upon 
each other. The church is called with a holy calling, called to be 
saints (holy, blameless), and we are taught to do unto others as 
we would that they do to us. Yes, love worketh no ill to his 
neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. 

We will relate a portion of a true story. Mr. Pegelow was a 
man who grew up in a financially well-to-do home, yet he did 
not feel loved or accepted, and ended up being the town drunk. 
He had no vision or purpose for life. In this story was another 
young man who through seeking God's will through prayer and 
Bible reading had a vision. In his vision he was shown heaven 
and hell. In his vision of hell he saw those about to fall over 
into the flames of hell fire. Suddenly he saw one that he 
recognized. It was Mr. Pegelow, the town drunk, and he was 
very close to the edge. In the vision the Lord spoke to this 
young man and said, "Help him, for he is about to perish." 
After seeing the glory of heaven and the horrors of hell, with 
souls screaming in agony, he was touched to the heart. 


One Sunday evening on his way to church, this young man 
saw Mr. Pegelow sitting in the junk yard where he worked, with 
filthy clothes and in a drunken state. His heart was touched 
with deep compassion and love for Mr, Pegelow. So he went in 
and got Mr. Pegelow's arm around his neck and helped him to 
walk on to church. As he entered the place of worship, he got 
several negative looks as if to say, "Why are you bringing that 
bum in here. Well, before the service ended, Mr. Pegelow 
sobered up and was deeply touched that someone cared enough 
about him to try to help him. The young man and his family 
took Mr. Pegelow home where he cleaned up and ate. Mr. 
Pegelow was so touched that he repented of his wayward life 
and turned to following after the Lord. Everyone noticed that 
he was a changed man. In a few days after his conversion he 
was found dead. His pilgrimage here was over. Because of 
someone seeking after God, a poor soul was helped, and is now 
in the hands of a merciful and just God. Mr. Pegelow had 
sunken into a pitiful state, wallowing in the mire with no vision. 
He was under the destructive deception of Satan, the one who 
is a liar, murderer, and deceiver, the one who holds out the 
deceptive fruit of self-pity, the self life, and blinds the eyes to 
the beauty of God's ways when we totally yield up our lives to 
our Creator and Saviour. The Bible says, "In me, that is in my 
flesh dwelleth no good thing." If a man thinks he is something 
when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. Man in his best state 
is altogether vanity without God. Mankind needs help, and 
through God's help, if man will receive that gift, there is power 
to save us from the snares of sin, self, and Satan. Yes, we were 
in the same dilemma as Mr. Pegelow: lost and without hope. 
"But love like Thine could find a way to rescue and adorn. " If 
the great sacrifice of Jesus does not touch our hearts, then what 
could? (to be continued) 

Kenneth Garber, 

Athens, Wisconsin 



Romans 8:1 tells us that there is no condemnation to those 
who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after 
the spirit. This is probably one of the most comforting verses to 
those of us who have claimed His precious name, reassuring us 
that no matter what we have done in the past, we are forgiven, 
with no need to feel the cringing shame that is the natural result 
of any sin. What a freedom from such a bondage! Praise God! 

There is another word whose meaning often seems to be 
confused with that of condemnation. The word is consequence. 
The Scripture is very clear that there is no condemnation to the 
child of God for any past sin, but it does not say that the 
forgiven child of God is free of consequences. I know that in 
my life I have had difficulties and trials that were many times 
directly related to sins that I knew had been confessed and 
forgiven. Many times I was tempted to, and actually did, 
interpret these trials as condemnation from God or other people 
for my previous misdeeds. God's word, however, states that 
there is no condemnation because I was in Christ Jesus. I was 
experiencing consequences— natural, inevitable events put into 
play by the now forgiven sin in my past, I had the complete 
forgiveness of God, but I still had to deal with the consequences 
of my past actions. Accountability—this is a lesson that has 
been hard-learned by myself, and surely I am still learning it. 

I gave my heart to the Lord at an early age, and this was as 
it should have been. Later on, I chose to leave the Lord and 
went my own way for a number of years. During that time, I 
did many things that I knew were wrong, deliberately flaunting 
my will over God's. Only through His great mercy and love and 
the prayers of those who loved me, did I slowly make my way 
back to Jesus and His lifestyle. I now had peace, but what a 
shambles my life was! 


I felt no condemnation for any of my sins, no matter how 
horrible they had been, but I did have lasting consequences to 
deal with, some of which I will deal with for the rest of my life. 
Formerly close relationships were severed or damaged by the 
pain my actions had caused. My spiritual life was stunted and 
twisted. Life was not smooth and nice. It was hard, harder 
than I had ever imagined life could be. Satan, who had been 
given free reign for years, did not want to let go, and for awhile 
I was under such attack, that I would have never been able to 
hold on were it not for God giving me the strength to hold on, 
sometimes hour by hour. Physically I became ill, emotionally I 
was unstable, and none of these things were condemnation, just 
consequences. It has been seven years since I made my decision 
to return to the Lord, and just now, in the past few months, 
with the physical and prayer support of loved ones, good 
doctors, and above all, the Lord Jesus Christ, I feel that I am 
approaching physical, emotional, and spiritual health. 

The point of this article is not to promote my own 
experience at all. The point I am hoping to make is that when 
irritating, hurtful things spring up from the past, we need to be 
sure that we look at them from the proper perspective. True, 
some people may hold grudges; some people may gossip; some 
people may not have our best interests at heart. These things 
would all be true even //we had lived the perfect life! There's 
nothing we can do about anyone else— our job is to learn 
patience, forgiveness, whatever lesson is placed before us by 
God, in whatever form He chooses to present it. 

No matter what it takes, staying the course is worth it. 
There really is no other alternative— God is the only one with 
the power and the wisdom to help us, and besides, no one else 
could love us more than He does. That is what we all need and 
want, isn't it —true love? 

I hope this is an encouragement to all. There are 
consequences to all of our actions: the actions for God have 


wonderful consequences, and the consequences of actions 
against Him serve only to destroy us and those around us. 
Praise Him for His mercy! 

Mary E. Martin 
Modesto, California 

Blest be the tie that binds 
Our hearts in Christian love; 
The fellowship of kindred minds 
Is like to that above. 
We sometimes sing this song. Are we singing it with all the 
meaning? Though we may be near or far apart, we can still be 
joined in heart. How does one describe the feeling of Christian 
fellowship and the feeling of Christian friends' prayers ascending 
upward in ones behalf? 

What a blessing prayer can be! Not only is it our 
communion with God, but in times of sickness, trouble, or grief, 
how comforting it is to feel the prayers of Christian friends 
ascending to God in our behalf 

The warm feelings of brotherly love and prayers shown in 
the many calls, letters, and visits and help in my home after 
surgery seemed to envelop me. It is impossible to thank each 
one separately, but may God bless each of you. 

Might this fellowship with Christian friends be only a little 
taste of fellowship with God. His love for us was so great that 
He sacrificed His Son for us. 

"Let brotherly love continue." (Hebrews 13:1) 

Elma Moss 
New Madison, Ohio 

Brian and Emily Root 1 9 1 96 Cherokee Rd. 

Tuolumne, CA 95379 (209) 928-5736 


My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less 

Many of the British hymn writers were children of the 
clergy or came from middle or upper class backgrounds. Not 
Edward Mote, His parents kept a pub in London, and his 
Sundays were spent in the streets. Mote stated that he was so 
ignorant, he didn't even know there was a God. He was 
apprenticed to a cabinetmaker who took him church where he 
heard the gospel. 

Mote himself became a successful cabinetmaker and was 
active in his local church. The chorus of this hymn came to him 
as he walked to work one morning, and the stanzas followed 
during the day. 

My hope is built on nothing less 

Than Jesus' blood and righteousness; 

I dare not trust the sweetest frame, 

But wholly lean on Jesus' name. 

On Christ the solid rock I stand; 
All other ground is sinking sand, 
All other ground is sinking sand. 

Information from The One Year Book of Hymns, compiled and edited by Robert K. Brown 
and Mark R. Norton @ 1995. Devotions written by William J. Petersen. Used by permission of 
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. 

Jean Martin 

Nappanee, Indiana 

MARTIN - A daughter, Carla Deann, born to Kevin and Ina 
Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 



There is no joy sweeter than resting in Jesus; 

No comfort more blessed than trusting in Him, 4 

For His is the strength that no power can conquer, 

And His the true wisdom that nothing can dim! 

In Him is no darkness, and never a shadow; 

His light can pierce even the darkest of night. 

Oh, art thou oppressed? Then turn to the Saviour, 

And trust His blest guidance to make all things bright. 

In Him is no fear, and no terror is near Him, 
For in His blest shelter all's peaceful and clear. 
Oh, hast thou cold dread or worry of danger? 
Then in thy need unto Jesus draw near! 
And He'll lighten thy burden and strengthen thy spirit, 
And all once so fearful will brighten at last; 
His love will illumine; His comfort will conquer; 
Thy spirit will be all secure in His grasp. 

Like warm, golden sunlight His love all surrounds thee, 
And rests all about thy straight, narrow path; 
As for the terror, it shall not come nigh thee, 
Though many shall fall 'round about in the land... 
For His is the power that nothing can conquer, 
And His the sure wisdom that nothing withstands! 
Nothing shall turn thee aside from His pathway 
As long as thou clingest to His blessed hands! 

Susanna Tate 



Slothful Sally 

" Sally, " Mom called. "Please come and set the table for 

"Oh, Mom, you always make me work. I have hardly 
started playing house." Slowly Sally headed down the stairs. 
While she set the table, her mind wandered to how much fun it 
would be to be playing house right now. As soon as the table 
was set, she ran upstairs again. 

"Sally, lunch is ready," Mom called a little while later. 

Sally scurried down the steps, for she really was hungry. As 
soon as she finished her lunch, she headed back upstairs to play 
again. Mom was very disappointed in her daughter. She had 
hoped Sally would do the dishes so she could finish the wash. 

"Sally," Mom called again. "Please come and do the dishes. 
I need to finish the wash. After the dishes are finished, please 
help me with the wash. 

"Ah, Mom, why can't you do the dishes?" Sally complained, 
"I just started having fun." None the less, she trudged 
downstairs. Slowly she washed one dish and then the next. 
Finally she had all the dishes finished and began to fold the 

"I just don't see why I have to work so hard all the time," 
Sally fussed again. "I hardly ever get time to play. When I just 
start having jun, then you call me. It's just not fair." 

"Sally, in the Bible we read, 'Go to the ant, thou sluggard, 
consider her ways and be wise.' Ants are very industrious. 
They never complain about having too much work to do. The 
Bible says it is wrong to be lazy and never work. It says that if 
a man does not work, he should not eat either. Do you think 
you can do better, Sally," questioned Mom, 



"I'll try, Mom, I'm sorry I haven't worked as hard as I 
should have, and complained so much. After that, she tried 
hard to work nicely. Sally also discovered the sooner she 
finished her work, the happier she felt, and she also discovered 
she did have as much time as she needed to play. 

Charlesta Hilty 
New Madison, Ohio 


We sing in hymn #480: 

"Dark and thorny is the desert 
Through which pilgrims make their way." 
This is true in one sense. Pilgrims are "those who journey 
through alien lands." (Webster) The customs we encounter 
should be strange to us. The world is not a friend to grace. 

On the other hand, Jesus tells us to rejoice and leap for joy. 
Your names are written in heaven. This makes the dark and 
thorny desert blossom as a rose. --L.C. 


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VOL. 48 AUGUST. 2001 No. 8 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 


Are you longing for the fullness of the blessing of the Lord 

In your heart and life today? 
Claim the promise of your Father; come according to His word 

In the blessed, old-time way. 

Bring your empty earthen vessels, clean through Jesus' precious 

Come, ye needy, one and all; 
And in human consecration wait before the throne of God, 

Till the Holy Ghost shall fall. 

Like the cruse of oil unfailing is His grace forevermore, 

And His love unchanging still; 
And according to His promise with the Holy Ghost and power, 

He will every vessel fill. 

He will fill your heart today to overflowing, 

As the Lord commandeth you, "Bring your vessels, not a few;" 

He will fill your heart today to overflowing 

With the Holy Ghost and power. 

Mrs. C. H. Morris 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd, Tuolumne, C A 95379 


Some dreams are vivid enough to seem real. A recent 
dream I had was about the choices we have when travelling 
across the continent. This was not surprising since we have just 
arrived home after such a journey. My dream concerned the 
attitudes or purposes we may have as we travel. Do we travel 
to learn more about God's world? Do we travel on a mission to 
help someone? Do we visit friends and relatives? Is our trip for 
our own pleasure? Did we simply need to "get away" for 
awhile? My concern is not whether or not these reasons are 
valid. Each person is different. But whatever our goals in this 
life, we all need to set out on a spiritual pilgrimage. Our 
destination is heaven. 

A journey takes preparation— sometimes weeks of it. As we 
travel we still need to eat, to keep clean, to take clothes for 
various occasions. Our Christian journey also takes 
preparation. One song goes: 

"I have made my preparation; 
From this world, separation." 
But separation from the world is only the negative part of 
preparation. Our greatest need is our Guide, the Lord Jesus. 
To set out and become a traveller, to leave the world behind, 
we must be born again. We are informed that this world can 
not last, and we need to move to a better country. We study 
and prepare for the place we are going. We need the new 
nature that longs for heaven. We travel light— taking the clothes 
that are right considering climate, customs, and people we wish 
to impress. 

One joyful aspect of travel is those with whom we are 
travelling. It is usually family or close friends. On our journey 


through to the better land, we have a Friend that "sticketh 
closer than a brother." Jesus promised never to forsake us. 

"God holds my hand; To walk with Him is sweet. 

I find in Him a life that is complete. 

And when His will I do not understand, 

I can but pray, 'Do not let go my hand. m 
Communication is vital to a happy tourist. A cell phone 
provides some with comfort for emergencies. God offers 911 
service: "Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, 
and thou shalt glorify me." (Psalm 50:15) Happy conversation 
and songs of joy can also be ours as the scenes change daily. 

"All the way my Saviour leads me; 

What have I to ask beside? 

Can I doubt His tender mercy, 

Who through life has been my Guide?" 
Some travellers are outgoing and interested in the people of 
the area through which they go. On our earthly travels, we 
don't usually think of taking those we meet along with us. But 
we are not shy to tell them of our destination and enquire about 
theirs. On our journey toward heaven, we do desire to have 
others become travellers to glory. We tell of the joys that are 
waiting when our pilgrimage is done. We tell of Jesus, the way, 
the truth, and the life. We glory in the sacrifice He made for us 
and for all men when He died that we might live. 

The provision God makes for travellers is fantastic! On our 
trip from Indiana to Wisconsin, we were faced with the decision 
to drive through the traffic of Chicago or go north and take the 
ferry across Lake Michigan. We chose the ferry, though we 
had not seen it. When we arrived, there was this huge boat, 
built originally to carry thirty-four freight cars. Now carrying 
cars and trucks, there was plenty of room for us and our car. If 
men can make a craft like this to surmount an obstacle like Lake 
Michigan, what is God able to provide for our spiritual journey? 
There is no problem too large for Him. We may be faced with 


sickness or sorrow, hard decisions or unjust criticism. It may 
seem that we cannot go on. Jesus told the man whose son was 
possessed, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him 
that believeth." 

One of the hazards of travel is the possibility that we may 
become fascinated with a place and decide to stay, especially if 
we have no definite destination. Remember Pa in the Little 
House on the Prairie series. He was such an optimist that he 
tried to settle down a number of places that simply proved to be 
unsuitable for making a living. Let us keep our eyes on our 
destination. Another song says: 

"This world is not my home, I'm just a-passing through; 

My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. 

The angels beckon me from Heaven's open door, 

And I can't feel at home in this world anymore." 
Our interstate highways have beautiful rest stops along the 
way. To meet for worship each Lord's Day makes a rest stop 
on our heavenly journey. This day breaks the pattern of daily 
work and is not only restfiil but vital Hebrews 10:25 says, 
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the 
manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the 
more, as ye see the day approaching." 

Some day the journey will be done. Home looks good after 
an earthly journey. So will our heavenly home be after this life 
and its labors are over. 

"When all my labors and trials are o'er, 

And I am safe on the beautiful shore, 

Just to be near the dear Lord I adore 

Will through the ages be glory for me." 
Jesus will be there. Our Heavenly Father will welcome us 
and say (O wondrous thought!) "Well done, good and faithful 
servant." Only through Jesus our Lord will this be possible. 
Let us set out at once! --L.C. 




To define holiness is to define God. To be able to define 
God is to know God. Man is capable of becoming the holiness 
of God, for Scripture calls us to this: "Follow Peace with all 
men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." 
(Heb. 12:14) "Be ye holy, for I am holy." (I Pet. 1:16) 

Peace and holiness are synonymous; if we have one, we will 
have the other. This is not expressed just by word or thought: 
"My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; 
but in deed and in truth." (I John 3:18) 

Perfecting holiness is the hallmark of the Christian faith. If 
there is such a thing as a "hall of fame" in God's kingdom on 
earth, its members are cited throughout the Scriptures in 
perfecting holiness in the sight of God and man. With the 
combination of faith and fear, they were able to prove the 
power of the Holy Spirit in perfecting the holiness of God. 
(Heb. 11) "And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the 
Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not 
their lives unto the death." (Rev. 12:1 1) 

Earthly kingdoms rise and fall because of man's ignorance of 
what the problem is. Fallen men in their self-esteem are led to 
believe that in their own wisdom they are capable of solving 
humanity's problems. In pursuit of this they are a continual 
threat to one another. In this fear of one another, they create 
powerful defence activities, but in spite of man's efforts, in time 
they are overcome. As sure as earthly kingdoms rise, so they 
fall. In one account in history (Masada), men felt so secure in 
their fortifications that when they began to crumble, rather than 
be in bondage to their foes, they agreed to eliminate themselves 
to take the pleasure from their enemies. Satan won the battle. 
The curse that has come on the human race in the fall is 


expressed in man's relationship with one another. This was 
revealed in the first two sons of Adam. 

There is a kingdom on earth that will not be overcome. Its 
fortification is the Spirit of the living God. "(For the weapons 
of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the 
pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and 
every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of 
God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience 
of Christ." (II Cor. 10:4,5) We see in this text a fortification 
that has and is preserving faith and proving the gospel message 
of the Lord Jesus Christ. ". . .For ye are the temple of the living 
God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; 
and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. . . And I 
will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and 
daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these 
promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all 
filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear 
of God." (II Cor. 6:16-7:1) 

The church at Corinth had many problems that needed to be 
corrected. Most of them were improper relationships with one 
another. The apostle made it clear that in this state they were 
carnal, and that in this state the holiness of God could not be 
experienced. "For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is 
among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, 
and walk as men?" (I Cor. 3:3) "For to be carnally minded is 
death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because 
the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to 
the law of God, neither indeed can be." (Rom. 8:6,7) 

The church at Corinth was involved in immorality that was 
not even named among the Gentiles, and the companion to this 
was their strife among themselves. Both of these are a 
testimony of a carnal mind that separates man from the holiness 
of God. 


Paul was personally experiencing the consequence of this 
strife among them. "We have spoken freely to you, 
Corinthians, and opened our hearts to you. We are not 
withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding 
yours from us. As a fair exchange— I speak as to my children- 
open wide your hearts also." (II Cor. 6:11-13 NIV) 

We are thankful for our Anabaptist heritage. We believe it 
has restored the Apostolic faith. Thousands have given their 
blood for its cause. They believed in their hearts. The call to 
the holiness of God separated them from this present evil world. 
At that time the church had become the authority of the state; 
this in itself was a call for separation. Jesus calls us to this in 
John 18:36. 

We believe the Anabaptist faith has preserved separation of 
church and state— in a physical sense, but we have not done so 
well in strife and division among ourselves. The end result is 
the same as that of the world. It is the same spirit with a 
different garb. The apostle Paul interprets it as carnality. 

We believe the corporate faith is the proving ground of the 
holiness of God. It is where Satan is dethroned from his 
dwelling place (which is in the heart of man) by receiving one 
another in submission, preferring one another in love, as Christ 
has received us. In this we find freedom and security that 
cannot be experienced anywhere else. Any man that would 
claim otherwise in word or deed is a liar and the truth is not in 
him. (I John 2:4) 

The Lord knows them that are His. We believe also that 
those who know Him know one another. This penetrates all 
walls and boundaries that man can make. It binds us in 
brotherhood, in marriage, and in families that the gates of hell 
cannot sever. In this security we are blessed. 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 


TRUE LOVE-FALSE LOVE (continued from last issue) 


There is an area of great deception regarding love. What 
God says and what man thinks are very far apart. The Bible 
says, "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth 
every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God 
dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the 
father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, 
whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons/' 
(Heb. 12:6-8) To be a child of God, we must deny self, falling 
on the rock (Jesus) in brokenness and submission. We must 
receive His word which is quick and powerful, and sharper than 
any two-edged sword. It pierces even to dividing asunder of 
soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the 
thoughts and intents of the heart. If we have not met these 
conditions, we are bastards (illegitimate children) and not sons. 
Jesus said, "Except ye be converted, and become as little 
children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." "The 
kingdom of God is within you." The kingdom starts here 
below. If the King is not dwelling in a man, he is not in the 


Jesus is perfect; He never sinned, but He reproved sin. He 
told His disciples that "The world cannot hate you; but me it 
hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil." 
When Jesus is abiding in us, He is still reproving us of sin. 
When one receives the divine nature, he understands that God is 
holy and that sin puts a barrier between man and God. That is 
why repentance is so important, for a holy God cannot abide in 
an unclean vessel. The Holy Spirit reveals the beauty of 
holiness and the deceitfulness of sin. Also the Holy Spirit 
causes the heart to call upon the Lord. Have you called upon 


the Lord? They that call upon the Lord shall be saved! We 
must know our need, for without Jesus, we can do nothing! 
When He is abiding in us, we will be hungering and thirsting 
after righteousness, with pure hearts, asking the Lord to take 
away our sins. When one asks and receives, his joy is foil He 
realizes that truly there is overcoming power, for the promise is 
to those who are overcomers. Jesus said, "If thou canst believe, 
all things are possible to him that believeth." Do you believe 
this Scripture? If you have received through faith believing, 
you know of the deep joy. If you have not received, be assured 
that our Lord wants admission into your heart, for His promises 
and Word are true. 

"And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; 
and in him is no sin. Whosoever sinneth hath not seen him 
neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he 
that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from 
the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was 
manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed 
remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the 
devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither 
he that loveth not his brother. (I John 3:5-10) 

A carnal mind does not want to be rebuked for sin, so he 
does not want to rebuke another. A spiritual mind desires to be 
rebuked for sin, for he knows that God and man can see us 
better than we can see ourselves. A spiritual mind knows the 
closer he draws to God, the closer God will draw to him. 

The Bible teaches, "Moreover if thy brother shall trespass 
against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him 
alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother." Not 
until we really love each other will this plan work. People and 
churches usually take the soft approach. They do not want to 


deal with sin. When sin is not dealt with, the church will go 
downhill. When we make a vow, defer not to pay it, for it is 
better not to vow, than to vow and not pay. Let us wake up to 
our carnality and do things God's way. 

Jesus spoke out very plainly against sin. God told the 
prophets to cry aloud and spare not. A rebellious child was 
commanded to be stoned. The prophet told David of his sin 
and was not soft about it. After telling the story of the little 
ewe lamb and David became angry, the prophet told David: 
"Thou art the man." Hell fire is not soft; it is something to fear. 

We have observed in our lifetime that home and church 
discipline both have weakened. The world in many cases 
believes that the rod of correction is wrong. There is a carnal 
way of disciplining. There is child abuse and neglect which are 
not right. The Word teaches (at least for elders): "Them that 
sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear," (I Tim. 5:20) 

We must have holy intentions and a pure heart if we would 
see God— here and now and in the future. God has said that He 
will dwell in us and will lead and guide us into all truth. We 
must desire to be corrected. Proverbs 8:8-10 says, ". . .Rebuke 
a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise 
man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will 
increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of 
wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." (to 
be concluded) 

Kenneth Garber 
Athens, Wisconsin 


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Because of original sin, human nature is inwardly corrupt. 
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: 
who can know it? (Jer. 17:9) "For all have sinned, and come 
short of the glory of God." (Rom. 3:23) In coming to know 
myself, these are the characteristics I find come naturally; it 
takes no effort to be this way: 

Naturally, I seek happiness from outside myself; if 
circumstances do not please me, I am miserable. 

Naturally, I cannot love when others do things against me 
or speak unkindly to me; I tend to hate. 

Naturally, I hold a grudge; I cannot forgive a wrong done to 
me or see beyond the situation; I cannot quietly suffer. 

Naturally, I criticize; I cannot see the good in others or their 

Naturally, I judge others with my mind of logic, not a heart 
of understanding; I become impatient if others don't understand 

Naturally, I complain; I am not thankful unless things are 
coming my way. 

Naturally, I am proud; I seek others' attention and praise for 
myself and what I do; I see only the good in myself-I'm blind to 
my faults. 

Naturally, I am intemperate and unbalanced; when I am 
enthused, I become too optimistic; when it wasn't my idea, I am 

But seeing myself, by divine revelation, I repented of my 
sins and begged for God's forgiveness and grace to do 
differently. He is that Great Almighty God, who, if it were not 
for Jesus' intercession, would hold me accountable for all the 
times I naturally follow my own way. Instead, He took His Son 
Jesus' blood as atonement, washed my life clean of sin and took 
away my guilt. Inside, I am a new person. Upon that cleansing, 


His Holy Spirit moved in to rule my heart and keep me from my 
natural ways. Now I am completely settled and at peace with 

With Jesus in my heart, amazing things happen that are of 
the divine nature. 

Where I would have disliked or hated, I find myself loving. 

Where I would have held a grudge, I forgive, remembering 
my own faults. 

Where I would have criticized and judged, I see the good of 
others with an understanding heart. 

When I would have complained, I accept and feel in myself 
a thankfulness for our many blessings. 

Where I would have been proud, I do not want to be 
honored, desiring to be humble like Jesus. My sinful inclination 
is ever before me, and I work against it; I can readily admit my 

Where I was intemperate, the Holy Spirit prompts me to be 
temperate in all things. 

All these amazing things happen when Jesus dwells in my 
heart. If I do not submit myself totally to God, a conflict begins 
in my heart between God and self. If self is allowed to grow 
unchecked, I may not notice when the Lord quietly moves out. 
Then I am at peace with myself. Self fills my whole heart, 
becoming a monster who rules my life and robs me of that 
miraculous salvation from my sinful nature. 

"O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the 
body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our 
Lord." (Rom. 7:24,25) 

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are 
in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the 
Spirit. " (Rom. 8:1) 

"My soul be on thy guard; Ten thousand foes arise; 
The hosts of sin are pressing hard To draw thee from the skies." 
Mrs. Anita Toews in the Messenger of Truth 


So Soon 

A ninety-year-old lady sat in her rocking chair fondly 
holding a tiny infant on her lap. As she held his hands in hers, 
she suddenly declared, "So soon these little hands must work! 
Soon he must go to school." 

The young parents were startled. It would be a long time, 
they thought, until their child would be working or going to 
school. First he would need to learn to crawl, to walk, to play; 
the seven years until first grade stretched far into the future. 

But their elderly friend was right. Seven years, which look 
so long to young parents, look extremely short seven years 
later. It is but a short while until a child's hands can grasp a 
rattle; and very soon they will be gripping a pencil. The little 
feet that in a few short months take tottering steps, soon step 
into a schoolroom. The growing child, who surprisingly soon 
frames his first sentence, will be studying sentences in school 
just as surprisingly soon. 

A child's first seven years of life pass rapidly, and the next 
seven go just as fast. It will be but a short time until, not only 
the first year of school, but school itself will be past. This 
means that whatever we are going to do for our children must 
be done soon. Thinking of school in particular, there is so 
much to do. We have so many things, both important lessons 
and small ones, to teach our children. If we take a lax and 
careless approach to our school responsibilities, we will fail in 
our duty to train and nurture our children for God. 

This calls for teachers to give their best to the work before 
them. Insufficient lesson preparation and halfhearted 
presentation are an inexcusable fault. There will not be time 
later to do things better because later the children will be gone. 
Parents, too, must give themselves to the work of schooling 


their children. They will see that their children get to school, of 
course, but they must look much further to their child's 
education. Checking his work, helping when necessary, and 
providing adequate time for homework (staying home often 
enough) are some of the responsibilities they dare not neglect. 

Another school term is about to begin, and soon—so soon- 
it will be over. Christian stewardship calls us all to utmost 
diligence, that we may make full use of the fleeting year before 

By Ernest D. Wine 
in The Christian School Builder 

A light that's clear and shining 
Is what we're called to bring; 
A glow that is untarnished 
By any earthly thing. 

A way that's truly higher 
We're called to demonstrate, 
To help our fellowmen to see 
Their lost and helpless state. 

Then if we are no different, 
If truth we fail to show, 
Then, Oh! Our lamp is smoking! 
And how will others know? 

—Know they need a Saviour? 
—That there's a better way? 
Our lives must be an open book! 
They're reading us each day! 
Susanna Tate 



July 15— Jewel Royer and Charlotte Royer, Wakarusa, Indiana 
July 21— Forrest, Jonathan, and Melissa Tate 

Anye and Tyne Brow, Wakarusa, Indiana 
July 29— Chloe and Emily Brandt, 

Ryan Flora, West Lebanon, Indiana 
May God bless and guide each of these dear young souls. 


May God bless each of you who helped our family in the 
weeks before and after our baby Margaret was born. We thank 
you for your prayers, mail, food, and all the many things you've 
done for us. 

Neil and Lois Martin and family 


Nonresistant Nevin 

"Plunk-a-plunk-a-plunk-a, " Nevin's hay baler went round 
and round his hay field on the living room carpet. Of course, 
the "plunk-a-plunk-a" came from Nevin's mouth, but it made his 
pretend-work seem more real. "I need to finish this hay and get 
it into the barn before dark," he was thinking. "Hope nothing 
breaks down." 

Just then a big ball rolled right into his tractor and baler, 
knocking the baler over onto it side. He picked the ball out of 
his field and gently rolled it back to Janice. "Please try to keep 
the ball away from my farm," he said. 

Janice just giggled and sent the ball right back into the hay 
field. Once again, it hit the baler. Nevin rolled the ball back to 
Janice again. He was thinking about all the farm work needing 
to be done and how he needed to hurry to get the hay baled. 
Soon he had the baler upright and "plunk-a-plunk-a" continued. 
He'd almost finished the field when Janice sent the ball toward 

him again. This time the baler went flying off the field. When 
Nevin picked it up, he saw the tongue was broken off. No 
more hay-baling today! 

"Oh!" he cried. "It's broken!" Big tears ran down his 
cheeks as he carried the toy to Mother to see if she could fix it. 

"What happened?" asked Mother. 

"It was just an accident, but the tongue broke off my baler," 
Nevin sobbed. "I can't finish baling today. Can you fix it?" 

"I don't think I can, son, but we'll show it to Daddy tonight. 
He can probably figure out a way to fix it. Can you do some of 
your other work while you wait?" 

"Yes, I can," said Nevin, and back to his farm he went. 

Dear Children, let's think a minute. What would you have done 
the first time the ball rolled into your hay field? Would you 
have become angry with Janice? What about the second time? 
Would you have been quite angry and perhaps kicked Janice? 
The third time, I can imagine you would have been very angry, 
running to tattle to Mother, saying naughty threats to Janice on 
the way. Which way is the Bible way, yours or Nevin's? "But I 
say unto you that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite 
thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." 

Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 





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VOL. 48 SEPTEMBER. 2001 No. 9 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 


Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will 
give you rest. Matthew 11:28 

Oh weary pilgrim with head bending low, 
Do the troubles of life burden you so? 
There is never a night, neither a day, 
Dark though it be, God is guarding your way. 

When the struggles are hard, the toiling uphill, 
Day after day we keep going on still. 
God sees and He knows each sparrow that falls; 
Much more is His care for the Christian who calls. 

Dear fellow traveler, the cross that you bear 
May bring you much pain and many a care. 
Our Lord who has suffered much for His bride 
Longs for His children to come to His side. 

Then let us hasten to Him with our fears; 
Let us lean on Him heavy with our toil and tears. 
For He promised rest for His people today; 
God in His wisdom will show us a way, 

Becky Miller 
Bourbon, Indiana 

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How do you say "Goodbye" to something not alive but very 
dear? This was the question for some of us yesterday as we 
emptied our MiWuk meeting house and locked the doors for 
the last time. 

We had use of this place for a little over thirty-eight years: 
May, 1963, to August, 2001. It was where we worshiped in 
Tuolumne County and later (1979-2001) also a home in the 
basement for our Christian school. For a few, this was the only 
formal school they knew. 

Our minds go back to the many pleasant times and the many 
inspirational times spent there. For some it was the place of 
first things and first memories. Now it has been used (by us) 
for the last time. 

Quite a few dear people have passed on to their reward 
since the MiWuk church house was opened. Also many new 
souls were born in our congregation during that time. Only 
God knows the complete record and value of this place in the 
history of His Kingdom. Five weddings were performed there, 
and countless hymns were sung and sermons preached. Good 
meals were served and precious fellowship was enjoyed. No 
doubt many decisions were made. 

However, this house was just a place for things to happen. 
Its greatest virtue was that it was dedicated to the service and 
worship of God. Jesus told the "woman at the well" that the 
important part was not where but how we worship. He said the 
time was coming (no doubt, our time) "when the true 
worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for 
the Father seeketh such to worship him." 


Over the years, people on vacation in the Sierras have 
stopped along the highway to worship with us at the MiWuk 
church house. Many visitors were hosted— from close friends 
and relatives to complete strangers. One visitor remarked that 
he felt our congregation was following God's Word more 
closely that any other in the county. Others probably saw faults 
that they were too polite to express. One thing we know: 
God's view is what counts, and we are needy, failing creatures, 
dependent upon God's grace and mercy. All the praise and 
honor belongs to our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ for any 
success or victory. 

One snowy morning we arrived at our "basement school 
room" to find water running down one wall and soaking much 
of the floor and carpet. Snow had piled up and made a dam 
that diverted the melting snow water into the building. We had 
a holiday from school that day. 

Our basement room was usually cool. Sometimes when the 
furnace gave problems, it was too cool, and the students wore 
coats. Occasionally the power would fail and the lights would 
go out to the cheers of the students who had hopes of a day off 
since the room was too dark to study without lights. In the fine 
weather of spring, we usually moved outside for a day to study 
in the patio where the tall pines made shade from the bright sun. 

The day the MiWuk meeting house was dedicated in 1963, 
we held two services, morning and afternoon. Our ministers at 
that time were Elders Christie Cover, Daniel F. Wolf, Paul 
Clark, and Joseph I. Cover. Besides our own brethren, Old 
German Baptist Elder Paul Balsbaugh (who had donated the 
land, wrought iron railings, linoleum) had part in the afternoon 
dedication service. Elder Daniel Wolf had been the main 
builder, and we remember him for all his labors and generosity. 
Others, too, volunteered time, skill, energy and funds. Books 
could be written about this useful meeting house. It would no 
doubt still be our place of worship if we had not needed larger 


facilities. We invite any who have memories to share, to write 
them down for possible publication in The Pilgrim. 

May our thanksgiving and praise abound to our Heavenly 
Father for His rich provision and blessing—in this case, a 
pleasant, memorable place to worship for nearly forty years— a 
house where God's grace abounded to us all through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. — L.C. 


Recently our family was sitting around the supper table later 
than usual, and after supper I told the children it was time for 
bed. Our three year old son was not happy to hear that, so I 
asked him to look at the clock and see for himself. He looked 
at it momentarily, but of course, he didn't see anything that 
indicated to him that it was bedtime. Then he looked out the 
window and saw something he understood: it was dark outside. 
Sure enough, it was bedtime! But he still wasn't too happy. He 
looked at me and wailed, "Dad, why did you make it dark?" 

I told him I didn't. He said, "Yeshuh, you did the chores." 
To him it was as obvious as could be. Every evening we go out 
and milk the cows, then, sure enough, it soon gets dark and it's 
bedtime. I explained to him it was God that made it get dark. 
We can't do that. I also told him God does it by making the 
earth turn or spin. He listened. He knows God does a lot of 
things. God's power and will are often brought in to answer his 
many questions. But you could see he was still having trouble 
believing the truth, contrary to so much "evidence." 

We may smile at the ignorance of a child, being able to see 
the folly in his conclusion. We know that no matter what I did, 
God was going to make it dark. But do we sometimes appear 
not much different than the child in God's sight? Do we truly 


realize the whole universe, and in particular, our very lives, are 
ordered and directed by God? 

Yes, we know according to God's word, He spoke the 
universe into being. We know also Romans 13 tells us God 
ordains the rulers on the earth to their position to fulfill His will. 
Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that all things work together 
for good to them that love God, to them who are the called 
according to his purpose." I Peter 1:7 says, "That the trial of 
your faith, being much more precious than of gold that 
perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto 
praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ." 
We know these Scriptures, but do we apply them properly to 
our lives? James 1:2-4 says, "My brethren, count it all joy when 
ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of 
your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect 
work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." God 
knows what we need to reach perfection. Paul writes in 
Romans 5:3-5, ". . .We glory in tribulation. . ." knowing the 
final result is ". . .the love of God shed abroad in our hearts. . ." 

Jesus says in Matthew 18:7, ". . .It must needs be that 
offences come. . ." It goes on to say, "but woe to that man by 
whom the offence cometh!" The Bible speaks severely to those 
who cause to stumble, or offend a little one. But let us 
remember that God directs our lives, and He has a good 
purpose intended for the trials that come our way. God also 
says, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay." 

So at the dark places in our lives, don't look for vengeance; 
remember that maybe even contrary to what seems, God is in 
control. I Peter 5:6 tells us, "Humble yourselves therefore 
under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due 

We realize my son would have been a lot better off to 
humble himself under God's mighty hand, rather that lamenting 
that his dad brought this darkness upon him. The next morning 


the blessing of the night was obvious. When I came in from the 
barn, I was met by the same three-year-old boy who with 
shining eyes and outstretched arms shouted "Daddyyy!" 

Let's remember our dark places can work the same perfect 
work in us. Rather than wasting our time lamenting that others 
made it dark, think of Job's example. Instead of railing on the 
Sabeans, the fire, the Chaldeans, and the wind that brought so 
much devastation to his natural life, he said (1:21), "The Lord 
gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the 
Lord." Also in 23:10 he declared, "When he hath tried me, I 
shall come forth as gold." 

May we humble ourselves under God's mighty hand. In the 
morning the blessing will be obvious. 

Neil Martin 

New Paris, Indiana 


(continued from last issue) 

In our day, sin is overlooked to the detriment of precious 
souls. Sin is not called sin. Have we lost the fear of God? The 
church must deal with sin if we would please God. Many 
believe they can be saved in their sin. Jesus came to save us 
from sins. There is a big difference! 

Jesus said, ". . .If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke 
him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against 
thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to 
thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him." (Luke 17:3,4) 
It's a lot easier to tell everyone else except the one who offends 
us, but it is not right. The Word teaches that we are able to 
admonish one another. Are we able, or are we too carnal? 

Ananias and Sapphira kept back part of the price and lied to 
the Holy Ghost, and both of them died. The Word says, "And 


great fear fell upon the church." Are we keeping back part of 
the price? When we sing: "Jesus, I my cross have taken, All to 
leave and follow Thee," are we being honest? 


We believe we are in an age of great deception in the matter 
of discipline. God's Word is yea and amen. It cannot be 
broken. We will be judged by God's Word. Heaven and earth 
shall pass away, but Jesus said, "My words shall not pass 
away." The word is a lamp to our feet, and a light for our 
pathway. God's Word is holy and pure. "And this is the 
condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved 
darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For 
every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the 
light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth 
cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that 
they are wrought in God." (John 3:19-21) 

Whether with self, in the home, or in the church, if a 
disciplined life is not held high and sought after, it will cause 
much sorrow and will head on a downward path. To be a 
disciple of Christ, one must be disciplined. "And whosoever 
doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my 
disciple. (Luke 14:27) 

I fear we are too careless about making rules that may not 
meet God's approval. When this happens, subconsciously 
discipline is weakened. We need to be more careful about 
seeking the mind of God through prayer, fasting, and searching 
the Word. When we can support our position from Scripture, 
this will have a drawing affect upon taie seekers. "Wherefore if 
ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as 
though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch 
not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the 
using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?" (Col. 
2:20-22) If this were not a possibility, this warning 


would not be in the Bible. "The fear of the Lord is the 
beginning of wisdom." 

Here are some Scriptures and teachings from early church 
history on church discipline. May we consider them seriously. 

I Cor. 5:6: ". . .Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the 
whole lump?" 

II Thess. 3:14: "And if any man obey not our word by this 
epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he 
maybe ashamed." 

Irenaeus: "All of those who separate from the church and give 
heed to old wives' tales, like these persons, are truly self- 
condemned. Paul commands to avoid (these men) after a first 
and second admonition." 

Clement: "The physician is not evil to the sick person because 
he tells him of his fever; he only points out the fever. Likewise 
he who reproves is not ill disposed towards him who is diseased 
in soul. For he is not the cause of the transgression on him. He 
only reveals the sins that are there." 

Cyprian: "How can the medicine of permissiveness profit 
anyone? What if a physician hides the wound and does not 
allow the necessary remedy of time to close the scar? To not 
require repentance makes the way easy for new dangers. To do 
that is not curing someone. If we are honest, it is slaying him." 
Cyprian: "Contrary to the vigor of the Gospel, contrary to the 
law of the Lord, Communion is relaxed to heedless persons. 
But this is a vain and false peace. It is dangerous to those who 
grant it. . ." 

Apostolic Constitutions; Sin that passes by without correction 
grows worse and worse and spreads to others. For a little 
leaven infects the whole lump. 

Apostolic Constitutions: When he does repent and has 
submitted to his chastisement, receive him, remembering, there 
is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents. 

In Christian love, Kenneth Garber, Athens, Wisconsin 



MARY HELEN (POWELL) GULP was born August 15, 
1919, to Lewis J, and Ida (Hertzler) Powell in South English, 
Iowa. She had two older brothers: John S. (1912) and Lewis J. 
(1913). Later a sister, Dorothy Mae, came into the family. 

Before her teenage years, she was baptized and became a 
member of the Liberty Mennonite Church near South English, 
After graduating from the small town school, she taught for 
several years in a couple Iowa country schools. Later she 
taught some classes at Western Mennonite School in its early 
years, one year at Conestoga Christian School (Morgantown, 
PA), completed the better part of a term at Clinton Christian 
School (Goshen, IN), and even taught a few weeks once in 
southern Belize. 

On June 20, 1942, she was married to G. Richard Culp in a 
small private service in her parents' home. A few months later 
Richard was required to serve in Civilian Public Service (CPS— 
for conscientious objectors to war) until he was released in 
April, 1946. Most of this time Mary was able to live nearby, 
and the last year they could have a more normal home life. 

Five children were born: John Ernest (1946, Iowa), Paul 
Norman (1948, Oregon), Helen Marie (1949, Oregon), James 
Conrad (1951, Oregon), and Ruth Edith (1956, Pennsylvania). 
They lived at various places in Oregon, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and 

In the fall of 1995, Richard and Mary moved to the Halsey 
area in Oregon, not far from where three of their children were 
living. In 1998 she noticed shortness of breath at times. Later 
that year she broke a pelvic bone. This healed, but she never 
fully regained her active lifestyle. She was diagnosed as having 
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including 
emphysema. In spite of efforts and prayers for her healing or 
improvement, her condition slowly worsened. In 2000 she was 
in the hospital three times. Once her heart stopped, but she was 


revived, and on the fifth day she came home. In December she 
seemed to feel fairly well for her condition. She was in the 
hospital again in February, 2001, and again in March, May, and 
June. The last time she went in was Friday evening, June 29. 
She could still communicate, but she soon slipped into semi- 
consciousness and then unconsciousness. Most of the 
immediate family were present well into the night, but only her 
daughter was there at 8:00 Tuesday morning when she breathed 
her last, and her "spirit returned unto God who gave it." 

Family members who died before included a son James 
(1964), her father (1972), her mother (1984), her brother Lewy 
(1989), and her brother John (1999). Those still living include 
her husband, Richard (Halsey, Oregon); two sons, John 
(Halsey, Oregon) and Paul (Middlebury, Indiana); two 
daughters, Helen (Shedd, Oregon), and Ruth, Mrs. Jason 
Schrock (Halsey, Oregon); One sister, Dorothy Schaeffer 
(Angola, Indiana); and ten grandchildren as well as five step- 
grandchildren and their children. 

Those who knew Mary will remember her for her gracious 
and cheerful spirit, her ready smile, and her interest in others. 
Her family, who better knew her humanness, will likewise 
remember her for her desire to do what pleased the Lord, her 
love and commitment to her family and friends, her 
unwillingness to nurse grudges, her efforts to be content with 
her place in life, and her expressions of encouragement. Even 
after breathing became a dominant focus in her life, she kept up 
contacts with friends and relatives, at times dictating letters. 
Even in the last few weeks, as her requests for attention seemed 
almost beyond the capabilities of those closest to her, she 
showed at times that she could still notice and compliment 

We miss her, but her departure has released her from her 
distress. Nothing we could offer can compare with what "the 
Lord has promised to those who love him." (James 1 : 12) 


"I am the Resurrection and the Life. The one who believes 
in me, though he should die, will live. And the one who lives 
and believes in me will never die, forever. Do you believe this? 
(John 1 1 :25,26) Yes, Lord, we believe. 

The Family 


Am I a Soldier of the Cross 

Even as a child, Isaac Watts liked to make rhymes. His 
father scolded him for making rhymes in ordinary conversation, 
and Isaac responded. "Oh, Father, do some pity take, and I will 
no more verses make." But he continued to write poems. 

As an older teenager, Isaac wrote a new hymn every week 
for two years. Many of his hymns are paraphrases of the 
Psalms. Watts is the author of "O God, Our Help in Ages 
Past," "Before Jehovah's Awful Throne," "When I Survey the 
Wondrous Cross," "Come We That Love the Lord," and "Joy 
to the World." 

When a thirty-year-old blind woman heard a choir sing Isaac 
Watt's hymn "Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed?" stanza after 
stanza stirred her heart, but when they came to the final line, 
"Here, Lord, I give myself away," she gave herself away to the 
Lord as well. That blind woman was Fanny Crosby. 

In the early eighteenth century, when Isaac Watts was 
preaching in England, he frequently would write a hymn to 
illustrate his sermon. After preaching the sermon, he (or a clerk 
in the church) would teach the congregation the hymn by 
singing two lines and then having the congregation repeat those 
lines. Then he would sing two more lines, which would be 
echoed by the congregation, and so on. One Sunday the 
sermon text was I Corinthians 16; 13: "Be on your guard, stand 
firm in the faith." At that time many Nonconformist believers 


were imprisoned for their views, even as Watt's own father had 
been. As he closed the sermon, he began the hymn: 

Am I a soldier of the cross? 

A follower of the Lamb? 

And shall I fear to own His cause 

Or blush to speak His name? 

Information from The One Year Book of Hymns, compiled and edited by Robert K. Brown 
and Mark R. Norton @ 1995. Devotions written by William J. Petersen. Used by permission of 
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. 

Jean Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 

ROYER - A daughter, Krista Autumn, born August 3 to Merrill 
and Martha Royer of Goshen, Indiana. 

BEERY - A son, Joshua Jon, born August 11 to Daniel and 
Miriam Beery of Nappanee, Indiana. 

HUFFMAN - A son, Elbert Jed, born August 16 to Philip and 
Rhoda Huffman of New Lebanon, Ohio. 

MARTIN - A son, Jera Marie, born August 18 to Jon and Lisa 
Martin of Nappanee, Indiana. 


Old Brethren Church and Old Brethren Christian School have 
moved to 1 9220 Cherokee Road 

Tuolumne, California 

(209) 928-5822 

Thou hast given so much to me. . . Give one thing more: 
a grateful heart. 

—George Herbert 



Wondering— Pondering— Convinced 

"Do you like school?" "Do you like your teacher?" You 
have heard these questions asked many times and most likely 
have asked them yourself. So did I. But lately I have been 
wondering whether it is wise to ask them. Are we not by these 
questions allowing the child the privilege of deciding whether or 
not he "likes" something that He really should not need to 

School is a part of his life, and he may as well like it. We do 
not ask children, "Do you like your mother?" "Do you like 
your father?" So why ask, "Do you like your teacher?" I am 
convinced that we should stop putting into their heads that, 
"Oh, maybe I do not need to like school." Let us stop giving 
them the idea that perhaps they do not like their teachers! 

Yes, I know how it goes. You meet Brother lohris Nelson 
in the vestibule at church. "Good morning, Nelson," ("Well, 
now what should I say?") "Do you like school? Do you like 
your teacher?" Or your niece comes to your house Tuesday 
evening. "Well, how's school going? Do you like it?" Instead, 
why not ask questions such as: "Did you have any visitors at 
school this week?" "Did you miss any days of school yet this 
year?" "What are you studying in social studies now?" "How 
many girls are in your grade at school?" "What did you do at 
school on Wednesday when it was so windy?" Let "Do you like 
school? Do you like your teacher?" pass out of existence. 

From The Christian School Builder 

The blossom cannot tell what becomes of its odor, and no 
man can tell what becomes of his influence and example that 
roll away from him and go beyong his view. 



A Song of Praise 

My God, my Father, Blessed Friend! 

Thy love has crowned my days; 
Each morn surrounds my every step 

In many myriad ways. 

And while my strength and vigor last, 
Let me show forth Thy praise; 

Let service born of gratitude 
Fill all my busy days. 

My life is Yours~a gift too small 

So great a debt to pay! 
But all I am, or have, I bring 

At Thy dear feet to lay. 

Accept my simple offering- 
Lord Jesus, take my all; 

And when my days are ended here 
I trust I'll hear Thy call. 

And in that blessed Home above, 
111 pour before Thee all my love- 


Susanna Tate 

Time spent on the knees in prayer will do more to remedy 
heart strain and nerve worry than anything else. 

George David Stewart 


Enthusiastic Emil 

Three boys came clattering down the stairs Monday 
morning. They had "slept in" because they had talked until very 
late the night before. Luke and Willie didn't get to stay with 
Emil often, so they had a lot to talk about. When Emil reached 
the bottom step, he saw five large buckets of green beans sitting 
by the table. "We get to snap beans! Oh, goody!" he said. 

"What?" said Willie. "What do we get to do?" 

"Snap beans!" Emil answered. "Look, five big buckets iiill, 
and Mother is probably still picking. What fun!" 

"Oh," groaned Luke. "Do we have to snap all those beans? 
I wanted to ride your pony this morning." 

"You don't know how much fun snapping beans can be," 
Emil told them. "But come on. Let's eat some cereal for 
breakfast. Here's some orange juice, too." 

After the boys had eaten, Emil got three big dishpans out of 
the sink-cupboard. Each boy took a dishpan and grabbed the 
handle of a bucket of beans. "To the front porch, boys," Emil 
said. "Everybody find a seat and dump your bucket of beans in 
a heap beside you. Break both ends off each bean; then break 
the bean into three pieces. Put the ends in the bucket and the 
three bean pieces into your dishpan. We'll race! Don't start till 
I say you can." 

"Race, indeed!" Luke muttered. "We'll be all day doing 
these beans." 

"You'll see," said Emil. "Are you all set up? Ready, here 
we GO!" 

"Snap~snap--snap, snap, snap, snap," and all three boys 
were concentrating on breaking green beans. No one talked for 
fifteen minutes. Then Emil and the boys began to visit as they 
broke beans, but their fingers still flew fast. It wasn't very long 
till they noticed their piles were almost gone, and their dishpans 

were full. "It's a close race," Emil said. "I have six beans~no, 
five beans now." 

Tm done! " Willie yelled. "I beat! " 

"I'm second," Luke said. 

"And I'm third," Emil said as he snapped his last bean. 
"Now, let's each grab another bucket and this time we'll see 
how loud we can make them snap. " 

As the boys entered the kitchen, Mother smiled. "Good 
morning, boys. I believe you are obeying Ecclesiastes 9:10. 
What wonderful helpers you are!" 

Later, when the boys looked up Ecclesiastes 9:10, they read 
with interest, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy 
might. . ." 

"It was your enthusiasm, Emil, that got us enthused. This 
has been a fun morning," Luke and Willie told him. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 














VOL. 48 OCTOBER. N OVEMBER. 2001 Nos. 10 & 11 

And we have seen and do testify thai the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 


Praise, O praise our God and King! 
Hymns of adoration sing; 
For His mercies still endure, 
Ever faithful, ever sure. 

Praise Him that He made the sun 
Day by day his course to run 
And the silver moon by night, 
Shining with her gentle light. 

Praise Him that He gave the rain 
To mature the swelling grain; 
And hath bid the fertile field 
Of its precious fruits to yield. 

Praise Him for our harvest-store, 
He hath filled the garner-floor; 
And for richer food that this, 
Pledge of everlasting bliss. 

Glory to our bounteous King; 
Glory let creation sing; 
Glory to the Father, Son, 
And blest Spirit, Three in One. 

H. W.Baker, 1861 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5,00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, C A 95379 


Jesus saw desperate needs in His world when He told His 
disciples, "Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are 
white already to harvest." To meet the needs, He sent His 
apostles to the "lost sheep of the house of Israel," and He told 
them what they would encounter. He said they would be as 
sheep in the midst of wolves. He said they would be betrayed 
and delivered up to councils, governors, and kings—that they 
would be scourged and hated and persecuted. He 
commissioned them to "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise 
the dead, and cast out devils." Then He charged them, "Freely 
ye have received, freely give." 

We, too, have received so freely from our Heavenly Father. 
As we approach another thanksgiving season, do we sense a 
duty upon us besides giving thanks for what God has given? 
We have been given much that the first disciples never had. 
Jesus poured out His teaching and His love on those men. But 
they did not ride around in comfortable cars or have hot and 
cold running water in their homes. They didn't have super 
markets full of food, or microwaves or computers or 
dishwashers. Yet Jesus told them, "Freely ye have received, 
freely give." What had they received that was so important to 

Those men were like Simeon in the temple when he held the 
baby Jesus in his arms and rejoiced, ". . .mine eyes have seen thy 
salvation." They saw fulfilled what God had promised centuries 
before. They said things like "Thou art the Christ," "We know 
and are sure," "We have seen with our eyes, . . .we have looked 
upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life." Jesus 
told Peter, "Feed my lambs; feed my sheep." 


While we do thank God for the rich material blessings, we 
must realize that they bring heavy responsibility and even 
danger. Like rich food clogging arteries and endangering the 
heart, rich blessings can also make sluggish spiritual life and 
peril to our souls. To be careful and thankful is our duty, but it 
is not enough. Jesus said, "Freely give." We, too, have 
received the blessings of salvation. We have the riches of His 
Word giving us the testimony of faithful men and women who 
walked and talked with our Savior. Are we, too, commanded 
to go to lost sheep? Yes. 

Regarding the material blessings, we are to use them as 
faithful stewards, without wasting. We have a poor example of 
faigality from our affluent society. But it is elementary teaching 
in the Word. The prodigal son "wasted his substance with 
riotous living." Paul writes in Ephesians 4:28: "Let him that 
stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his 
hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him 
that needeth. " 

Since September 1 1 when New York and Washington, D.C. 
were attacked by terrorists, Americans are realizing that this 
wealth and privilege we have could change suddenly. It should 
be a "wake up call" to all of us. There may not be much more 
time for the Church to testify in the world. Have we been put 
to sleep the past decades? Does it matter that we have so much 
while millions in the world are needy? Is the "pearl of great 
price" something to hide and hoard? Or are we, too, 
commissioned to share the Gospel and the good things God has 
poured out on us. "Freely ye have received, freely give." 

We read of the devotion of Paul, Stephen, Peter, and John. 
We see also worthy examples in our time: those at Torreon, the 
Becks, the workers in Central America, Ralph and others in 
China and Africa, and those sharing freely of time, treasure, and 
talents right here at home. Serving God by serving one another 


is not limited to certain places. The servant heart is needed in 
the home, school, church, and in every community. 

God does not need what He has given us, He tells us 
through the Psalmist: "If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: 
for the world is mine, and the fullness thereof." (50:12) To 
serve God, we must serve our fellowmen. "Inasmuch as ye 
have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have 
done it unto me." 

May our thanksgiving this season be one of giving, of 
serving, of sharing the abundance, both natural and spiritual, 
that God has given us. --L.C. 


Are we thankful to the Savior 
For the wondrous love He showed? 
Have we promised to go with Him, 
Even to the cross so low? 

If we have the thankful spirit 
Dwelling deep within our hearts, 
We will love and daily serve Him 
With the means our God imparts. 

How thep do we daily serve Him? 
He does not our means require. 
If He hungers He won't tell us; 
He owns earth and sea and fire. 

We must serve our fellow pilgrims; 
Thus our thankfulness to show; 
Only in this way acknowledge 
That from Him all blessings flow. 


Our dear brethren need to see us 
Holding up their names in prayer; 
We should bear each others burdens; 
Know each cross, perceive each care. 

Freely give, for we have freely 
Had so much to come our way. 
We can show that we are thankful 
When we give and when we pray. — L.C. 

We are sorry this Pilgrim is late and that October and 
November are combined into one issue. Since we did this, our 
fall Communion meetings were not given advance notice. For 
the record, there was a Love/east meeting in Indiana on 
October 6 and 7, and in California October 20 and 21. We 
thank God and all who worked so faithfully, that our new 
meetinghouse in Tuolumne, California, is now in use for 
services and for school. The first service was on Sunday, 
September 9, and two well-attended services were held Sunday, 
October 14, the day of dedication. —L.C 


Early Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, as I waited to 
deliver a load of squabs, I turned on the radio in the truck and 
heard a national news alert that has altered the focus of this 
nation and no doubt will affect the course of world history. 
Terrorism of huge magnitude was inflicted on American soil! 
As millions of citizens look to God in this time of stress, we 
hope many will repent and truly turn to the Lord and allow the 
Holy Spirit to direct their lives by the Word of God. The 
question of why the Lord allows such loss of human life and 
untold suffering goes unanswered in our minds. We do know 
that the root of the problem is the enemy of God, Lucifer the 


devil, the inventor of the lie. The purpose of terrorism is to 
weaken and destroy. The enemy hopes to disrupt and divert the 
course or process of a government or society with the purpose 
of exploiting or gaining control. This can be underhanded and 

This tactic is not new to the Christian Church. Satan has 
waged subtle attack against mankind ever since his 
confrontation with our mother Eve. This attack is on the 
spiritual level and is very subtle and effective. The prime 
object of attack in recent years has been upon the very Word of 
God. The numerous translations of the Bible is one of the most 
effective ways to alter the meaning of the Word. For example, 
the addition of the article "the" in the seventh chapter, 
fourteenth verse of Revelation changes the context from 
indicating a personal experience to referring to a theoretical 
period of time. I am puzzled when I attend a church service or 
Bible study and realize there are several translations of the Bible 
being used. How effective would it be if in school each student 
could bring the text book of his choice just as long as it touches 
on the subject being studied? I strongly feel this is a tactic of 
Satan which has subtly affected the Church of today. 

I realize there are areas in the translation of the King James 
version of the Bible that are difficult to understand, but in what 
little study I have made I have found the King James translation 
of the Bible to be the most authentic and proven translation, and 
I can see no reason to discontinue using it in our public study 
and worship. We probably all refer to various translations of 
the Bible in our private study, but this should be done with care, 
for each translation has differences that can alter the context of 
the Word. The teaching of the Word can only be most effective 
if everyone is using the same Bible. This may seem rather 
insignificant to some, but I believe this is a subtle attack upon 
the Church. 

Joseph Wagner, Modesto, California 



Recent events on the world scene have offered us a 
dramatic example of how a common enemy will quickly unify a 
fractious group of people. Almost before the dust and smoke 
had settled from the once proud World Trade Towers, the 
political parties of America laid aside their petty differences to 
confront the terror of an enemy they could not see. Equally 
astounding was the almost unanimous voice of world leaders 
who encouraged the leadership of America to act decisively in 
response to the tragic events of September 1 1, 2001. And so as 
it now stands, the nations of the world stand united in their 
defense against the naked terrorism that is rooted in Islamic 

As Christians it is not our responsibility or duty to criticize 
the government that presides over our everyday lives. With all 
due respect to our national leaders and the difficult decisions 
that they must make, I offer here a few observations and ask 
you to think about the characteristics and quality of unity in our 

Let us remember that a unity founded on reaction to a 
common enemy is a weak unity at best. Remember, not too 
many years ago, the United States was allied with Osama bin 
Laden and the Taliban against what was then the Soviet Union 
because the USSR was considered a worthy foe for such an 
awkward alliance. How quickly these alliances have been 
reshuffled! Clearly a unity that is built upon fear of a common 
enemy is fragile and fickle, lacking the stability of a 
transcendent cause and unchangeable principles. 

But can we expect more than this from the nations who 
have forgotten that there is God who rules over heaven and 
earth? I think not! However, there is a "holy nation" present 
on earth 


that has been shown a better way to a nobler unity. I speak of 
the Church of Jesus Christ. The Church does have a 
transcendent cause embodied in the Kingdom of God that, when 
properly understood, becomes a powerful discerning voice for 
the cause of holy unity. It is also true that the people of God 
have a body of eternal, unalterable principles and precepts to 
temper and define our unity. 

But I am troubled! I have heard sermon after sermon and 
read many articles that urge us toward unity. In spite of these 
efforts, there is a continual fragmentation that relentlessly 
destroys our communities and renders them impotent. 
Something is wrong! I do not herein offer a comprehensive 
solution, but I offer a few questions for us to consider. Just 
exactly what are the core issues around which we are 
attempting to build oneness? Are they linked to a transcendent 
cause and eternal principles? Just how transient and changeable 
are our core issues in reality? How "political" are they in their 
nature? Are we committed to honest examination of the 
"bottom line"? Does the character of our people have adequate 
resolve and loyalty to remain committed to a reasonably defined 
cause and to the principles that Christians have held for nearly 
2000 years? Are we playing games with trivia? 

Brethren, I think we must wrestle well with these questions, 
or the unity that we seek will forever elude us and our posterity. 
The impact of two airliners as they slammed into the World 
Trade Towers shook the civilized world to its roots. But may I 
boldly say that if God's people will rally as one man to the great 
cause of the Kingdom of God's dear Son and if they will bow 
themselves before the great principles of the Kingdom, the 
impact of September 1 I, 2001, in New York City will seem but 
child's play. Let us follow our Lord into the oneness that He 
had with His heavenly Father. 

Melvin Lehman 
Selected from Faith Builders 



I came to the foreign field to teach 
The way of humility, 
But I learned to be poor in spirit, Lord, 
For the people here taught me. 

I came to show them how to trust, 
But it wasn't long before 
They taught me in a simple way 
That I need to trust You more. 

I came that I might minister 

And a willing servant be, 

But before I knew what happened, Lord, 

They ministered to me. 

And then they taught me patience, 
(Though I confess I need it still) 
And though I came to give them love, 
I received more than my fill. 

I came to give, I came to love, 
I came to teach and show, 
But I'll leave a richer, wiser girl 
When Thou dost bid me go. 

Sacrifice? Some call it that, 
But the truth must here be told, 
That the treasures of the foreign field 
Are worth much more than gold, 

Michelle Richard 

Selected by Annalee Taylor 


Christian Schools— A Priceless Privilege 

The world around us is concerned about their public school 
system. They are unsettled by the functional illiterates that are 
coming out of their schools. Some parents are concerned by 
the way the school belittles and contradicts the moral values 
that they would like to pass on to their children. They are 
fearful for the safety of their children as school shootings 
increase. They say that something needs to be done, and they 
have many ideas of what that something should be. 

We sit back and say, "That's not us. Our schools would 
never be like that" And we thank God that they are not. But it 
is good for us to stop and consider why our schools do not have 
these problems. There is something that makes a difference. 

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the 
knowledge of the holy is understanding." (Proverbs 9:10) Here 
we find that something that eludes the educators of the world. 
Instead of promoting self-expression and instead of turning to 
psychology and humanism to solve our problems, we turn to the 
Word of God. 

Parents who are bringing up their children in the fear of 
God, who are teaching their children about God and His 
requirements for mankind, endeavor to place their children in a 
school that reinforces what they are teaching at home. This is 
why we go to all the effort and expense to operate our own 

May we never become lax and begin to question the 
necessity or value of our schools. Our schools are more than 
just a nice alternative to public education. They are a priceless 
privilege that aids us in the nurture of our children. As we 
again face a school year, may we conduct it in the fear of God 
so that we might pass on true wisdom to our children. 

By Jonathan Reinford in The Christian School Builder 



In spite of being weary, 
Lift up your hearts and sing; 
Within yourselves be cheery, 
Your candle you can bring 
With thanks for richest blessings, 
A smile for others there, 
For in your daily musings- 
Yes, all of us have cares. 

Prepare yourselves at night time 
With thanks and gratitude 
For the things that turned out right, 
For health, our homes, and food, 
For the spiritual treasures, 
For answers to our prayers, 
God's blessings beyond measure, 
That show He loves and cares. 

At the dawning, waking thought, 
Why I am live and well; 
Turbulence, I heard it not. 
In thanks my thoughts assail 
To realms with God in Heaven; 
My thoughts are gratitude, 
For my, how well we're living; 
God's given— to me and you. 

For gratitude's not giving, 
In thanks when all is well, 
But thanks in how we're living, 
In thanks our hearts shall sail. 


It's counting still our blessings, 
Whatever comes our way; 
Still in our minds professing 
How good God is today! 

Is gratitude the mind set 

In spite of come what may? 

In thanks let me not forget 

The blessings in our day. 

In our hearts we're still singing 

To God in humble praise; 

It's gratitude we're bringing, 

For God has blessed our days. 
Vicki L. Witmer 
New Madison, Ohio 


Andrew Albers October 6 Wakarusa, Indiana 

Melanie Albers October 6 Received on her former baptism 

Mark and Claudia Brow October 27 Wakarusa, Indiana 

God bless and direct these dear ones who have united with us. 

DINGMAN - A daughter, Irina Eliana, born April 4, 2000, in 
Luga, Russia, and adopted July 12, 2001, in St. Petersburg, 
Russia, by Dan and Joyce Dingman of Bradford, Ohio. 


Andrew and Melanie Albers 344 Knight to Oak Grove Rd. 

Mt Olive, MS 39119 (601) 797-9422 

Mark and Claudia Brow 69067 C.R. 27 

New Paris, IN 26553 (219)831-5672 


On the Road to Heaven 

"Look, Burnell, that truck has two flags on it." Callie said, 
pointing to the left side of the van. And there are three cars in a 
row with flags on them." 

"There's another taick with two flags flying behind the cab." 
Burnell said. "That's neat! Dad, let's get flags and put them on 
our pickup." 

"Yes, let's put flags in our house windows, too," Callie said. 
"Lots and lots of houses have flags in the windows and other 
red, white, and blue decorations. They are so pretty." 

"Children," Dad said, "do you know why people are putting 
flags and other red, white, and blue decorations all over?" 

"No, why?" Burnell asked. 

"Why, Dad?" Callie asked. 

"It's because people want to show that they are loyal to the 
United States, and that no matter what the President does about 
the terrorists, they will support him," Dad explained. "If the 
United States gets involved in a war, these people are saying 
they will support the war." 

"We support the United States, too, don't we?" Callie 
asked. "So why don't we get one flag, at least?" 

"We're very thankful to live in the United States," Dad 
replied. "We have a good life here with plenty to eat and 
freedom to worship God and to travel places. But, we're on the 
road to heaven, so we don't display flags. The United States is 
only an earthly country and our King (God) has asked us not to 
fight in earthly battles. Instead, we are to show love to 
everyone and return good for evil." 

"And because we are on the road to heaven," Mother 
added, "we don't need to decorate our houses, cars, or bodies. 
Decorations are so frivolous and unnecessary. People on the 


road to heaven want to keep their lives simple so they can 
concentrate on serving the Lord." 
"Oh," said Callie. 

"I'm glad to be on the road to heaven," Burnell said.. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


Esther Elizabeth (Thut) Beck was born August 29, 1913, to 
John and Anna (Brubaker) Thut in Harper, Kansas. She grew 
up on the family's homesteaded, irrigated farm in LaJunta, 
Colorado, until the age of twelve, when her family moved back 
to Kansas where her father became a school teacher and was 
ordained to the ministry in the Cold Springs Mennonite Church. 
As a young teenager she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and 
Savior and started a life-long commitment to Him. She 
interrupted her high school education for two years to stay at 
home to help care for a baby sister, and after graduating from 
Harper High School, she enrolled in Mennonite Nursing School 
in LaJunta, Colorado, developing spiritually as well as 
academically under the influence of Director Erb, so that on her 
graduation and passing her State Board Nursing Examination in 
1936, she was committed to follow her Lord wherever He 
might lead her. After her fourth year at LaJunta as nursing 
supervisor, she accepted an invitation to serve in the Mennonite 
Brethren Hospital in Hillboro, Kansas, where she was one of 
two "Englishers" in a thoroughly German institution. 

While working at Memorial Hospital in Wauseon, Ohio, she 
met a young Goshen College freshman, home working in a local 
cabinet shop during summer vacation, and both their lives were 
changed forever. Two years later when he was drafted to 
military service and registered as a conscientious objector to 
war, they had committed themselves to marry upon his 
promised release two years later. Pearl Harbor shattered those 


dreams. Some days later she received a phone call from 
Sideling, Pennsylvania, where he was stationed, stating that by 
Christmas Day he would have earned five days of furlough. Did 
she want to wait thirty-five years to celebrate their wedding or 
many on Christmas Day. Her answer: "Christmas Day." On 
Christmas Evening, 1941, she was joined in Holy Matrimony to 
Carl Beck at his parents' farm home in rural Wauseon, Ohio, in 
the presenceof thirty-two close friends. 

Later she served with her husband at Farnhurst, Delaware, 
and Marlboro Mental Hospital in New Jersey, Esther as a paid 
nursing supervisor, Carl as an unpaid CO orderly, three year old 
Carol in the nursery for children of volunteers. 

In December, 1945, four months after the war ended, they 
were released from Civilian Public Service and headed back to 
the vacated family farm near Wauseon, Ohio, and Carl resumed 
cabinetmaking. By November, 1949, they had completed the 
necessary training, persuaded Mennonite Board of Missions and 
Charities to open a church planting mission in our recent enemy, 
Japan, and on December 16, landed in Yokohama port city, in 
the midst of the terrible destruction meted out by our bombers. 
For fifty short years, Esther served humbly with her husband in 
Osaka, then in Hokkaido, the sub-Siberian northernmost major 
island of Japan, and Tokyo fifteen years later where many of 
our Hokkaido members had moved as a result of company 
transfers and educational pursuits. In Tokyo their mission was 
expanded to all of South East Asia and resulted in the formation 
in 1964 of the Asian Mennonite Conference which is still a vital 
part of the Mennonite churches of Asia. 

In the winter of 1986, they chose our Sierra foothills for 
their sunset years, still traveling to Tokyo in a church planting 
capacity and hosting a constant flow of local and international 
visitors. Esther made her last mission to Japan and Mongolia in 
1999 and suffered her first major stroke on November 2 of that 
year. This little woman has left us a legacy of servanthood, of 

interdenominational love, an encouraging word, patience in 
suffering, a frugal, sacrificing spirit, a love for hospitality, and 
living within your means. 

On Sunday, October 28, after a most blessed day at Sierra 
Pines German Baptist Brethren Church Love Feast, our 
Heavenly Father called her home to rest with Him, a move she 
had anticipated for several months. Esther was two months into 
her eighty-ninth year and two months short of their sixtieth 
wedding anniversary. 

Esther leaves behind Carl, her companion of nearly sixty 
years, four children: Carol, John, Sarah, and Sharon; seven 
grandchildren and five great grandchildren; two sisters; four 
sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law; and hosts of relatives and 
friends on two continents. She was preceded in death by both 
parents, an older brother, two younger sisters, five brothers-in- 
law, three sisters-in-law, and one grandson. 

Her life was characterized by the hymn sung at their 
commissioning: "Go Labor On." 

Funeral services were held in both California and also Ohio 
where she was buried. 

—Her devoted husband 





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VOL , 48 DECEMBER. 2001 No. 12 

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world. (I John 4:14) 


We would see Jesus; lo, His star is shining 
Above the stable while the angels sing; 
There in a manger on the hay reclining; 
Haste, let us lay our gifts before the King. 

We would see Jesus; Mary's Son most holy, 
Light of the village life from day to day; 
Shining revealed through every task most lowly; 
The Christ of God, the life, the truth, the way. 

We would see Jesus, on the mountain teaching, 
With all the listening people gathered round; 
While birds and flowers and sky above are preaching 
The blessedness which simple trust has found. 

We would see Jesus, in the early morning, 
Still as of old He calleth, "Follow me. " 
Let us arise, all meaner service scorning; 
Lord, we are Thine, we give ourselves to Thee. 

By J. Edgar Park 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


"Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing 
which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto 
us." The shepherds had heard and had seen the heavenly 
messengers when they announced the birth of the Savior. It 
was only one of the many signs and prophecies from God to 
man, but it was enough to convince these humble men. In our 
time there is sad, deplorable unbelief. If only we had seen and 
heard this message, we too would believe and investigate. 

Oh how we would investigate! Reporters with their 
microphones and notebooks would vie for space and time to 
hear first hand the report of the shepherds. The message would 
be beamed around the world to every radio and TV set. 
Airlines would be swamped with reservations by those who 
wished to see the place. 

Or would they? Sometimes it seems that the activities 
reported, swallowed, and relished most are the sensational 
homicides, the political plots, and not to mention the latest 
pleasures available: the luxury cruises, the gambling casinos, 
the questionably occult stories— even aimed at children. 

But let us focus on something more positive, more lasting 
and real—the truth of God. Let us go even to Bethlehem, in the 
spirit, and magnify the world-shaking event that took place 
there so quietly, so unpretentiously. After all, what is big in our 
thinking? What counts the most? Is it pleasure "for a season"? 
Or are we wise enough to differentiate and evaluate time and 
eternity? Can our minds, which God created to reach out far 
beyond that given to the beasts, grasp the everlasting values 
described in God's Word? Has the Savior really come and made 
a difference for all time (and eternity)? What happened in 


Bethlehem so small and insignificant among the Roman cities of 
the time? 

Let us go even unto Bethlehem, but let's not stop there as 
though it is the end of the story or even the most important 
chapter. Let us follow our Saviour as He selflessly ministers to 
the miseries of the time. Let us analyze the reactions of a 
surprised and horrified enemy as Jesus broke all the rules, 
scrapped all the notions, and shocked all the onlookers of a sin- 
crazed, God forsaking, misguided world. Set us go even to 
Calvary and see Him provide the answer, the only answer, to 
the accusations of a treacherous enemy—as He truly gave the 
last measure of devotion and His precious blood to rescue His 
people. Let us in the spirit witness His resurrection, the victory 
over death for all His followers. 

Let us go even to Mount Olivet and see Him rise from the 
earth to heaven and hear the heavenly messenger promise the 
gazing Galilean disciples that "this same Jesus, which is taken 
up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye 
have seen him go into heaven." 

Hear the warning and promise of the Savior Himself in Luke 
21:27,28: "And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a 
cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin 
to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your 
redemption draweth nigh." 

Let us go; let us bow and worship; let us believe and obey; 
let us tell a lost world that Jesus is coming again. — L.C. 

Break forth, O glorious morning, 
Not like the old day's dawning light 
That every morn anew returns! 
It is a blazing from afar, 
A shimmering, a glowing star, 
That in the highest heaven burns. 


For now a King of all the worlds, 
Eternally decreed to save, 
Is born an infant tender. 
The devil has his ancient power 
On humankind the whole world o'er 
Now tried and lost forever. 
God's heaven is not far from men, 
The blessed time draws near to earth, 
The time of love and freedom. 
O Christians all, let discord cease, 
Arise to life, to work in peace 
And live now for God's Kingdom. 

An everlasting, loving bond 

Holds firm each house and every land, 

The world itself enfolding. 

We all a holy people form— 

The lion playing with the Iamb, 

The child the serpent holding. 

Who is there still that waits in fear? 
The Child lies in the manger here, 
He smiles on all serenely. 
We greet Thee, King of all the stars, 
We greet Thee, Saviour of the world, 
Upon this earth we welcome Thee! 

Max von Schenkendorf (1783-1817) 

from the German "Brich an, du schnes Morgenlicht" 

Our world is constantly fighting and feuding over issues of 
greed, jealousy, and all manner of human evils that have ever 
been invented. It is good that we as Christians keep in mind the 
purpose of the One who came as a baby over 2000 years ago. 
The meek and lowly Jesus stooped to the lowest place to be 
born in the reeking abode of animals. He was laid in an animal's 
feeding trough. What kind of King is that? And yet, He had 
angels proclaim His birth-but not to the rulers and religious 
elite. No, they proclaimed it to humble shepherds— 


men who cherished in their simple hearts the hope of the 
Messiah and promise of the ages that a star would come from 
Jacob and a Sceptre of Israel rise forth. They believed with 
childlike simplicity that God could work in their very lives. Or 
there were the wise men, educated men who were seemingly 
searching for something. They were men who also in childlike 
simplicity believed God could and did work His marvels in 
nature and in lives. They were willing to go and sacrifice a 
great journey for something they believed was greatly 

What kind of King was this, and what is His Kingdom like? 

As believers and disciples of the Lord Jesus, we are 
forbidden by our Lord's teachings to take part in the warfare of 
worldly governments. They are so far removed from the meek 
and lowly spirit of Jesus. Nonresistance is at the heart of the 
Gospel, and followers of Christ must meet this basic teaching. 
Anyone who claims Christ as Saviour must own and follow Him 
as Lord. Our forefathers agreed that the only Christian 
government that exists is the Church of Jesus Christ. At 
baptism we each confessed that we follow these teachings. The 
way of Christ is not carnal force and earthly power-seeking but 
peace and love toward all men. 

But what is the other side of this teaching of nonresistance? 
There is not only the negative of avoiding carnal warfare and 
power seeking, but there is the positive: a new community in 
Christ brought about by Him in the peace He came to bring. 

In John 10 we read, "I am the good shepherd: the good 
shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. . .and there shall be one 
fold, and one shepherd. " This great King who pictures Himself 
to us as a lowly Shepherd gathering His sheep into His fold, 
was also the one that "should die for that nation; And not for 
that nation only, bat that also he should gather together in one 
the children of God that were scattered abroad:' (ll:51b,52) 
We can see here clearly that the kingdom of our blest Saviour 


was to be His fold— the gathered body that we now call the 

The apostle Paul brings this truth out so clearly in Ephesians 
2:13-20. We who are in Christ Jesus are brought together by 
the blood of our Lord who is our peace. And Christ has broken 
down the wall of partition between Jew and Gentile and made 
one new body— a body under the banner of the cross. We who 
have been grafted in have had this peace preached to us, and 
therefore now we are fellowcitizens of God's household. The 
Church of Jesus Christ is now the habitation of God through the 
Spirit. The description of this "habitation" in Acts 2 and 4 is 
something I believe we should see as the norm for the true 
church. They continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine: 
fellowship (community), breaking of bread, prayer, great joy, 
and material sharing. Those who are filled with the Spirit can 
simply do no other. 

In Colossians the apostle teaches us clearly that we have 
been translated out of darkness into the kingdom of light in 
Jesus, the venerated Head of the body who has made peace 
through the blood of His cross and brought us together in one 

It is only through the Church that nonresistance can be fully 
believed and practised. If we believe in the peace that Christ 
came to bring, then we must beat our swords into ploughshares 
and our spears into pruninghooks. The wolf must lie down with 
the kid and the lion eat straw like the ox. True, this may have 
millennial connotations, but I believe it is to be also fulfilled in 
our time in a figurative way. If we cannot be at love and peace, 
and share with one another in every way as a people who have 
been reconciled through the blood of the cross and enlivened by 
the resurrection of our Lord, then all proclamations of our belief 
in peace are a farce. 

This is the peace that was foretold by the prophets. Isaiah 
11:10: "And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which 



At the Foot of the Cross -L.C. Apr 

Blest Tie --Elma Moss Jul 

Condemnation or Consequences —Mary E. Martin Jul 

Cross of 2001 -L.C Mar 

Freedom and Liberty -Ron Cable Mar/ Apr 

Freely Give --L.C. Oct-Nov 

Gratitude -Selected from SCH Scanner Feb 

Honor Thy Father —Maty Ann Martin Jun 

Let Us Now Go --L.C. Dec 

Mothers --L.C. May 

Naturally —Anita Toews, Selected Aug 

Perfecting Holiness -Kenneth Martin Aug 

Power Shortage? -L.C. Feb 

Praying for Our Children -Sel. by Leona Miller Feb 

Prophesy Becomes History -Kenneth Martin Mar 

Rest Or Pride -L.C. Jul 

Sanctification -Kenneth Martin Jan 

Self Denial -Vickie L. Witmer Feb 

Subtle Attack -Joseph Wagner Oct-Nov 

Temptations -Vickie L. Witmer Jan 

The Baptizing —James Cover Jun 

The Bible -Sel. by Margaret Brubaker Feb 

The Big Picture -L.C. Jan 

The Mighty Hand of God -Neil Martin Sep 

The Mi Wuk Meeting House-Now History -L.C. Sep 

The Peace of Christ -Michael Harris Dec 

The Planting of the Lord -L.C. Jun 

The Time Is Now -Joseph Wagner Feb 

Traveling Through -L.C. Aug 

Treasures in Heaven —Vickie L. Witmer Mar 

True Love-False Love -Kenneth Garber Jul/Aug/Sep 

True Unity — Melvin Lehman, Sel. Oct-Nov 

What Defines a Christian -John L. Beery May 

Witnesses of the Risen Lord -Daniel F. Wolf Jun 


A Chosen Vessel — Sel. by Sharon Miller May 

All the Water --Selected Jun 

A Lovely Scene -Guy Hootman Mar 

Are All the Children In? May 

At the Cross --L.C. Apr 

A Song of Praise -Susanna Tate Sep 

Awake -Miriam Sauder Feb 

Barabbas' Substitute Apr 

Begin and End With God Jan 

Betrayal Apr 

Breath of God Jun 

Bring Your Vessels Aug 

Choice and Destiny -James Beery Mar 

Christ Is All May 

Crosses or Comforts --L.C Mar 

Discipline Jun 

Gratitude -Vickie L. Witmer Oct-Nov 

Heavenly Power -James Beery Feb 

His Hands Apr 

Light (For Youth) -Susanna Tate Aug 

Look Ahead -L.C. Jan 

Looking for the Sunrise -Sel. by Sharon See May 

Mothers -L.C. May 

No Sweeter Joy -Susanna Tate Jul 

Open My Eyes -Sel. by Ron Cable Apr 

Praise, O Praise Our God and King Oct-Nov 

Prayer for a Life Companion Feb 

Reflections -Sel. by Annalee Taylor Oct-Nov 

Rules for Daily Life Jan 

II Corinthians 10:4,5 -Becky Miller Feb 

Seedtime and Harvest Jul 

Thankful -L.C. Oct-Nov 

The Heavenly Way -James Beery Apr 

The Measure of a Man Jun 

There Is a Green Hill Far Away Apr 

To Fellow Pilgrims -Becky Miller Sep 

We Would See Jesus Dec 

Where Shall I Work Jul 

Yield Not to Temptation Jan 
Your Jesus Comes (o Offer Reawakening -Sel. by Michael Harris Jan 


Gentle Gene —Linda Frick 

Meek Molly 

Thoughtful Thelma " 

Loving Lily 

Kind Kimberly 

Generous Jenny 

Slothful Sally -Charlesta Hilty 

Non Resistant Nevin -Linda Frick 

Enthusiastic Emil 

On the Road to Heaven 

We're Number One 












HYMN HISTORY -Jean Martin 

O For a Closer Walk With God 
'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus 
O Sacred Head Now Wounded 
My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less 
Am I a Soldier of the Cross? 






Selection from The Christian School Builder 

Developing Proper Loyalties —Dennis W. Martin Jan 

What Are You Aiming For? -Jonathan Reinford Feb 

Preserving the Fire —Ernest D. Wine Apr 

The Great Chain —Foundation Stones of Success, 1917 May 

So Soon -Ernest D. Wine Aug 

Wondering— Pondering-Convinced Sep 
Christian Schools- A Priceless Privilege -Jonathan Reinford Oct-Nov 

From the greatest of all gifts, salvation in Christ, to the 
material blessing of an ordinary day, every good gift comes 
down from the Father. . .every one of them is to be received 
gladly and with thanks. 

—Elisabeth Elliot 


Jewel Royer, Charlotte Royer 

July 15 

Forrest, Jonathan, and Melissa Tate 

July 21 

Anye and Tyne Brow 

July 21 

Chloe and Emily Brandt 

July 29 

Ryan Flora 

July 29 

Andrew Albers 

Oct 6 

Melanie Albers, Received on former baptism 

Oct 6 

Mark and Claudia Brow 7 

Oct 27 


Logan Jesse Bowser 

Jan 1 

Chad Lamar Cover 

Jan 4 

Amos Wendell Cover 

Jan 8 

Abigail Hope Tate 

Jan 17 

Timothy Dean Cable 

Jan 18 

Gerald Thomas Royer 

Jan 31 

Dylan Joseph Wagner 

Feb 13 

Dane Patrick Flora 

Feb 27 

Margaret Rachel Martin 

Mar 25 

Riley Sinclair Stalter 

Apr 3 

Carla Deann Martin 


Krista Autumn Royer 

Aug 3 

Joshua Jon Beery 

Aug 11 

Elbert Jed Huffman 

Aug 16 

Jerra Marie Martin 

Aug 18 

Irina Eliana Dingman 

Apr 4, 2000 

(adopted July 12,2001) 

Clara Joy Cable 

Nov 8 



Buford Lee Flora 

March 27, 2001 

Mary Helen (Powell) Culp 

July 3, 2001 

Ralph L. Cable 

October 6, 2001 

Esther Elizabeth (Thut) Beck 

October 28, 2001 


shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles 
seek: and his rest shall be glorious." When people are at rest, 
they are at peace. The peace of Christ is a peace that is beyond 
understanding. It is peace that creates such a joy in believers, 
even in suffering, that the world wonders. I remember an aged 
sister in the Bruderhof movement telling me that in Nazi 
Germany they were suspected of being on drugs because the 
Nazis could not understand the peace and joy that shone in the 
believers' eyes. This is part of the rest, the peace, and joy of 
God. Isaiah 62: 12: "And they shall call them, The holy people, 
The redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, Sought 
out, A city not forsaken." The church is God's abode; He has 
not forsaken it. Where He is, there peace is hovering. Many 
prophecies tell of the wonderful time to come, and they make a 
delightful study and food for thought. This Church of Jesus 
Christ was a fulfilment of prophecy and longing of the saints. 

This peace Christ came to bring is a peace that breaks down 
barriers of race, economics, and backgrounds. It transcends 
cultures and languages. It is a peace that knows neither Jew 
nor Gentile, barbarian, black, white, man nor woman. It is a 
peace the world hates because it calls them to cease their 
warmongering and stupid follies and turn to the city set on a 
hill, the kingdom of our Lord. It is a peace that abhors what 
they call great. It has abandoned possessiveness and greed. It 
is a peace that calls to a glorious hope in the resurrection and 
eternal life, and away from petty hatred and pride of country or 
tribe. It is a peace that is active in calling the scattered children 
of God throughout the world into one body in Christ: a body of 
love and reconciliation. 

This kingdom is upside down by the world's mindset. It is a 
kingdom where we are taught to seek the lowest place. It has 
been said that the Holy Spirit is like water; He seeks the lowest 
place. We only want the heart of our Saviour to be burning in 
us. It is a kingdom where the way of Christ in His birth is the 


honored way. Someone has said that "He who wants to be 
born of God must be mindful of how Christ's birth took place." 
Jesus taught us that to be great, we must stoop to washing feet. 
He rebuked His disciples when they sought the greatest seat 
and told them they should not be as the Gentiles, but in 
lowliness be servants one to another. They should not seek 
honored places at feasts, for seeking such honor may bring one 
to shame. 

No, the way of Christ, the way of nonresistanee, the way of 
the Church of Jesus Christ, is by lowliness and hearts of love to 
serve one another and seek to build one another up. It is the 
way of unity and peace, of loyalty and brotherly camaraderie. 

So as we think of our Saviour's birth, may we keep in mind 
what He so powerfully taught us by seeking the stench and 
lowliness of a cow's stall for shelter and a sour-smelling feeding 
trough for a bed. Let us think of how He lived and taught, and 
of how He died to reconcile us and rose again and lives now to 
make this a reality in the hearts of all who will be broken and 
crushed-gathering them into His holy community, the Church. 
Christ has come to make all things new- our hearts and lives, 
individually and collectively. 

My prayer is that our fraternity can be this city on a hill, 
gathering in peace and love all those whose hearts are burning 
for Christ throughout the world. I hope we can be beacons of 
peace in a world torn and mutilated by war. May we offer a 
brother's hand to all who seek after Christ in reality. One of the 
miracles of the Incarnation is that Christ can be born in us as the 
only true answer to all our searching and longing-the One 
whom the Church is gathered around. 

O men who look for helping hands, 
O men who see the wintry lands, 
O men who cold and hungry pine, 
Help does not come out of our time! 

Help will not come from human hands 


In wintry cold and dying lands. 
Light will not come by human deed 
To break the darkness of our need. 

An angel stands on this dark earth; 
He shows the way to Jesus' birth. 
For all he points with shining hand 
To Light's own City, Love's own Land. 

This City glows with radiance bright: 
The manger and the Child shed light! 
This Child alone redemption brings, 
This Child removes death's fearful stings! 

This Child alone our hunger stills; 
This Child alone our poor life fills; 
This Child alone will make us whole. 
Arise, He is our way, our goal! 
Fritz Kleiner, c. 1945 

Both poems quoted in this article are from Songs of Light, @ Plough Publishing House, Rifton, 
NY 1 247 1 . Used by permission. 

Michael Harris, Nappanee, Indiana 


Ralph L. Cable of Delphi, Indiana, 93 years and 14 days old, 
quietly passed away Saturday, October 6, 2001, at 7:25 P.M. in 
St. Elizabeth Healthcare Center, Delphi, Indiana, where he had 
been a patient since October 2. 

He was born September 22, 1908, in Butler County, 
Kansas, to Isaac and Mary (Metzger) Cable, His marriage was 
to Dorothy Keller in July, 1928. She preceded him in death on 
August 4, 1975. He farmed in Carroll County for many years 
and also worked at the Camden Elevator for over twenty-five 
years. During his retirement he volunteered at St. Elizabeth 
Healthcare Center in Delphi for several years and was the 
recipient of their Volunteer of the Year Award several times. 
He was recognized as being a quiet person and helpful to the 
many residents, particularly to those who had little or no family. 


His journey took him from Butler County, Kansas, by 
covered wagon to Pratt County, Kansas, for a few years, then 
by train to Astoria, Illinois, and finally moving to Carroll 
County, Indiana, where he reared his family. His mother passed 
away when he was five years old, and he was reared by his 
father for five years along with seven other children. He vividly 
recalled the details and hardship of those years without a 

He attended school in Astoria, Illinois, and attended the 
Christian Reformed Church In Lafayette, Indiana. 

Surviving are one son: Norman and wife Floretta Cable of 
Goshen, Indiana; two daughters: Linda Lou and husband 
Ronald Koble of Rossville, Indiana, and Diana S. Cable of 
Delphi, Indiana; one brother: Paul and wife Wilmadean Cable 
of Camden, Indiana; one sister: Emma Allen of Flint, Michigan; 
one half-sister: Anna Belle Cable of Camden; seven 
grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and ten great- 

Preceding him in death were three brothers: Cecil, Oscar, 
and Lester; one half-brother: Delbert; and two sisters: Cora 
McGregor and Martha Walters; and one half-sister: Mary. 

Graveside services were conducted at the Mussellman 
Cemetery near Camden, Indiana, at 10:00 A.M. October 10, by 
Ministers Kenneth Martin, David Vendermeulen, and Melvin 
Mohler. Scripture references were Psalm 23 and Revelation 21 
and 22. Hymns used were 522, 483, and 368 for the service, 
and 378, 68, 456, and 455 as the grave was closed. 

The Family 

CABLE - A daughter, Clara Joy, born November 8 to Andrew 
and Joanna Cable of Wakarusa, Indiana 



"We're Number One!" 

A pick-up truck drove slowly past my house in a parade. 
The back of the pick-up was full of young children. They were 
chanting, "We're Number One! We're Number One! We're 
Number One!" over and over. They were a Pee-Wee baseball 
team, and they had won every game they played, so they 
thought they were the best! 

This group of children had worked hard and practiced many 
hours to be able to beat all the other teams. They had to learn 
to catch balls, how to pitch, how to throw, and how to hit balls 
with their bats. They needed to learn how to work together and 
help each other as a team. And they needed to learn to obey 
their coach. 

I'm sure the other teams had worked just as hard, too. For 
one reason or another, they just hadn't been able to win the 

People in the world around us encourage us to try to be 
better than others. There are contests of all kinds in which we 
can try to prove that we can do something better than other 
people. It makes us feel very good when we are recognized as 
better or best. 

What does God say about this? Philippians 2:3 tells us to 
"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory (boasting or 
wanting praise for ourselves); but in lowliness of mind let each 
esteem (think of) other better than themselves." 

Romans 12:10 says, "Be kindly affectioned one to another 
with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another (or 
honoring others above yourself)." 

In Mark 10:35, Jesus tells us that any who want to be first 
(or Number One), that person will be last and be a servant to 
everyone. In Matthew 23: 12, Jesus says that anyone who says 



they are Number One and better than others will be brought 
down and humiliated. 

It is natural for us to think we are better than others. We 
think we need to j>rove it, and we want people to praise us. But 
we need to learn to quietly do our best in whatever we do and 
to notice how well others do things. We can encourage them 
and help them do better in their school work or in playing ball 
or in anything else. Of course, you can do many things better 
than your younger brothers and sisters because you are bigger 
than they are. But you don't need to be proud about it or 

Remember that Jesus really was the greatest Person who 
ever lived on this earth, but He did not boast or get proud. He 
humbly served people and let men make fun of Him, spit on 
Him, and hit Him without getting angry or hitting back. He 
really was Number One, but He didn't try to prove it in any 
way. When people honored Him, He just gave that honor to 
God. We should do the same. 

Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


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